And I in My Bed Again

By Hilda Morley 1916–1998 Hilda Morley
Last night
                     tossed in
my bed
                     the sound of the rain turned me
                 a leaf
in a dried gully
                            from side to
            the sound of the rain took me
apart,        opened to                 what is it?
breath caught in memory of
a deep sweetness
                                     that sound
delicate,                the wetness running
through my body
                                    It might be nighttime
                                    in a forest hut,
the rain constant
                               in little rivulets
                          at times uncertain—
safe in each other's arms,
                                               the rain sheltering
us       a depth opening
bottomless to a terrible sweetness,
                                                    the small rain
shaking us in our bed
                                              (the terror)
                            End of a season,
                            wind from the west
new york, 1982

Hilda Morley, "And I in My Bed Again " from To Hold in My Hand: Selected Poems, 1955-1983. Copyright © 1983 by Hilda Morley.  Reprinted by permission of The Sheep Meadow Press.

Source: To Hold in My Hand: Selected Poems, 1955-1983 (The Sheep Meadow Press, 1983)

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Poet Hilda Morley 1916–1998

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Subjects Living, Nature

Poetic Terms Free Verse


"It is a shameful comment on our present-day literary situation that Hilda Morley's work has been largely neglected, that a great deal of it has gone unpublished, in spite of the author's productivity and her wide circle of acquaintance," declared Ralph J. Mills, Jr., in an issue of the literary journal Ironwood dedicated to Morley. Recognition for her poetic accomplishments came relatively late in life for Morley, according to . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Nature

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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