Vigil

Vigil

Now you are gone
your small perfections inveigle me:
curve of your eye-lid closed in sleep
widens to my horizon.

Sleepless
I used to watch those pupils move,
shifting deltas of blue veins,
blindly scanning my face.

Some nights I came near,
my lips in touch
with your pulsing lids
to catch the drift of your dream.


from the sequence 'The Going' in Mortal Fire: A Selected Poems (Agenda Editions, 1976), copyright © Peter Dale 1976, used by permission of the author and Anvil Press.

Where next?

Recordings

Peter Dale

Peter Dale Downloads

1Duologue

£0.89

2Over-Night Coach

£0.89

3Eighth Period

£0.89

4Starting Your Travels

£0.89

5Terrace

No preview avaialable.£0.89

6Crowd

£0.89

7Old Poet on a Rainy Day

£0.89

8The Swifts

£0.89

9Gift of Words

£0.89

10Keeper

£0.89

11Keepsake

£0.89

12The Mind’s Eye

No preview avaialable.£0.89

13Vigil

£0.89

14Wildflower

£0.89

15The Rose

£0.89

16The Thunder Stone

£0.89

17Storm

£0.89

18One Another

£0.89

19Fledgling

£0.89

20The Oak

£0.89

27Dusk

£0.89

28Long Evenings

£0.89

29Window

£0.89

30Last Wishes

£0.89

31Wall

£0.89

32Exorcism

£0.89

33Gifts (1)

£0.89

35Memento

£0.89

36A Woman Speaks to God the Father

£0.89

37The Hill

£0.89

38River

£0.89

39A Time to Speak ...

£0.89

40Journey

£0.89

41Autumn Colour

£0.89

42Bequest

£0.89

43Answer

£0.89

44Visitation

£0.89

45Nocturne

£0.89

34Gifts

£0.89