Has My Heart Gone To Sleep?

Antonio Machado 1875 (Seville) – 1939 (Collioure)



Has my heart gone to sleep?
Have the beehives of my dreams
stopped working, the waterwheel
of the mind run dry,
scoops turning empty,
only shadow inside?

No, my heart is not asleep.
It is awake, wide awake.
Not asleep, not dreaming—
its eyes are opened wide
watching distant signals, listening
on the rim of vast silence.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 23, 2023

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Characters 320
Words 59
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6

Antonio Machado

Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz, known as Antonio Machado was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of '98. more…

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