It’s been a long day

Physics says: go to sleep. Of course
you’re tired. Every atom in you
has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes
nonstop from mitosis to now.
Quit tapping your feet…Go to sleep…
Go to sleep. Let darkness
lap at your sides. Give darkness an inch.
You aren’t alone….
here are the blankets, layer on layer, down and down.

— Albert Goldbarth, from “The Sciences Sing a Lullaby” in The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007



  1. I was thinking it’s been a long day, as in since this morning. But since mitosis is a whole other story…

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  2. montanalulu says:

    thanks for the affirmation…i’m tired……”We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on; and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep.” shakespeare, of course…..and tomorrow is another day…..

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  3. Go to sleep… I repeat this, sometimes for hours… Sigh.

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  4. yes, and somehow the physics don’t always translate well with our reality

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  5. guess I’m lucky because going to sleep is “easy” for me…funny how going to sleep and waking up are such major and variable aspects of everyone’s existence…

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  6. by the way did anyone notice that this beautiful woman looks like Kate Spade?

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  7. I love this line: “Every atom in you
    has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes…”

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