A Vast Confusion

Long long I lay in the sands

Sounds of trains in the surf
in subways of the sea
And an even greater undersound
of a vast confusion in the universe
a rumbling and a roaring
as of some enormous creature turning
under sea and earth
a billion sotto voices murmuring
a vast muttering
a swelling stuttering
in ocean's speakers
world's voice-box heard with ear to sand
a shocked echoing
a shocking shouting
of all life's voices lost in night
And the tape of it
someow running backwards now
through the Moog Synthesizer of time
Chaos unscrambled
back to the first
And the first light

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Comments (12)

Well, cripes, I was hoping she was writing about a deep sleep type sleep and I was eager to see how it was accomplished.... reading on I decided that that was not the kind of sleep I was ready to envy.! She was good at feint of pen! ! !
A beautiful poem on death. Loved it. Thanks for sharing.10+++
An observation that falls into an abysmal depth, when pondered upon. Death is a scary thought, of an unknown destination.
A vivid portrayal of death. Brilliantly crafted write.10
This is simply extraordinary about eternal sleep that today or tomorrow one is bound to experience......... Many many thanks Emily, we do really miss you a lot.......10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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