"The Twin of Sleep"

The Twin of Sleep

by Robert Graves

 

Death is the twin of Sleep, they say:
For I shall rise renewed,
Free from the cramps of yesterday,
Clear-eyed and supple-thewed.


But though this bland analogy
Help other folk to face
Decrepitude, senility,
Madness, disease, disgrace,


I do not like Death's greedy looks:
Give me his twin instead—
Sleep never auctions off my books,
My boots, my shirts, my bed.

Poems of Sleep and Dreams. Everyman's Library, 2004. 60.