Summons

Keep me from going to sleep too soon
Or if I go to sleep too soon
Come wake me up. Come any hour
Of night. Come whistling up the road.
Stomp on the porch. Bang on the door.
Make me get out of bed and come
And let you in and light a light.
Tell me the northern lights are on
And make me look. Or tell me clouds
Are doing something to the moon
They never did before, and show me.
See that I see. Talk to me till
I'm half as wide awake as you
And start to dress wondering why
I ever went to bed at all.
Tell me the walking is superb.
Not only tell me but persuade me.
You know I'm not too hard persuaded.

by Robert Francis

Comments (15)

I see this poem as a plea for help from someone who would rather not impose on another but desperately needs someone to 'right' his/her sinking outlook on the world. The final line shows the narrator's loss of confidence/hope in herself yet also reveals the existence of hope he/she has in another's aid. Also, note the command in the previous line, indicating a slight, albeit modest, sense of urgency in the narrator's words.
See that I see. Talk to me till I'm half as wide awake as you Good write!
You know I am not too hard persuaded. Beautifully said.The poem flows like a river to reach its destination timely, as planned.
This could be about practically anything. I like to think that the author is worried about falling asleep in life and missing all the things that matter. He is worried that he is only half awake and that the world is persuading him to see only parts of his environment and not letting him be truly alive. I like stuff like this but its truly a shame that this doesnt rhyme.
Is it for lazy people to wake up early for walking as exercise, in the health point of view?
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