How can dolphins sleep?

How can dolphins sleep
since without the sense
to breathe —
they suffocate.

Like the skip of beats
in narrowness of hearts,
these chests constrict.

I watch the undulating ripples
of your sleeping presence

and drunk with moonful sighs,
so close, you’re far away.

Cupid riding a dolphin by Peter Paul Rubens

Cupid riding a dolphin by Peter Paul Rubens

Today it’s time for a Quadrille at dVerse. Toni hosts and want us to use the word skip. 44 words not less not more.

May 2, 2016

34 responses to “How can dolphins sleep?

  1. It appears those last couple of lines are show-stoppers! I concur! I also found the comparisons breath-taking, even ‘chest constricting!’

  2. oh my….this hits home. There are so many times when I awake and my spouse is sleeping beside me….I watch him and wonder where he is. Beautifully said.

  3. Such an interesting opening gambit, and how neatly you tied it to human emotion within the word limit.

  4. So close yet far away…that certainly describes watching someone sleep, when they are off in some faraway fantasy of the imagination, and you are sleepless in Seattle…or Timbuktu.

  5. “I watch the undulating ripples
    of your sleeping presence”

    What is is about watching a loved one sleep? So incredibly captivating. Those last two lines nail it. So close. so far… Beautiful.

  6. I watch the undulating ripples
    of your sleeping presence

    Sometimes there are occasions one has to stomach it. A sleeping loved one be best left alone!

    Hank

  7. So near but so far. I can feel love, longing, and timidity oozing from this lovely piece. Nice, Bjorn.
    BTW, dolphinear [dot] com says,
    Dolphins have “solved” that (sleeping) by letting one half of their brain sleep at a time. This has been determined by doing EEG studies on dolphins. Dolphins sleep about 8 hours day in this fashion.
    ..

  8. “drunk with moonful sighs” — Loved your beautiful language that evoked sounds and a peaceful mood as I read — Thanks for sharing.

  9. Yes, what everybody else said. 🙂 Nice juxtaposition of dolphins and ‘your sleeping presence’, and lovely language throughout.

  10. “the undulating ripples of your sleeping presence” – sigh: so tender. I thought the 44 word quadrille exercise was an interesting change of pace – at least for me. I’m so used to counting syllables in poetry … not words.

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