States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales | 'Late Poem' by David Malouf

A soft October morning,
adagio sostenuto. Some part
of me is still delayed

in sleep. It is one with
night, with daylight
stars, moths that fumble

at a window pane, bewildered
that this tract of sky,
like no other, will not yield.

The coffee cup, double espresso,
is deeper than it looks.
Each sip I take

a dark reaffirmation.
A practice
run for the big sleep.

 

David Malouf

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