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remnant 43: “I would like to be that unnoticed”

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Variation on the Word Sleep

by Margaret Atwood

I would like to watch you sleeping,
which may not happen.
I would like to watch you,
sleeping. I would like to sleep
with you, to enter
your sleep as its smooth dark wave
slides over my head

and walk with you through that lucent
wavering forest of bluegreen leaves
with its watery sun & three moons
towards the cave where you must descend,
towards your worst fear

I would like to give you the silver
branch, the small white flower, the one
word that will protect you
from the grief at the center
of your dream, from the grief
at the center. I would like to follow
you up the long stairway
again & become
the boat that would row you back
carefully, a flame
in two cupped hands
to where your body lies
beside me, and you enter
it as easily as breathing in

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed
& that necessary.

From Selected Poems II: 1976-1986 by Margaret Atwood. Copyright © 1987 by Margaret Atwood. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.

Selected Poems II Poems Selected & New 1976-1986

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December 8, 2013 at 3:47 am

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remnant 35: “Is that what writing amounts to?”

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It had helped to keep her sane, that writing? Then, when time had begun again and real people had entered it, she’d abandoned it here. Now it’s a whisper from the past.

Is that what writing amounts to? The voice your ghost would have, if it had a voice? If so, why is she teaching this practice to little Blackbeard? Surely the Crakers would be happier without it. (pp. 282-283)

MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood

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October 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

remnant 33: “There’s the story…”

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There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too. (p. 56)

MaddAddamMargaret Atwood

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September 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

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remnant 32: hatred and viciousness

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But hatred and viciousness are addictive. You can get high on them. Once you’ve had a little, you start shaking if you don’t get more. (p. 11)

MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood

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September 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm