An Old Story by Mary Oliver
Sleep comes its little while. Then I wake
in the valley of midnight or three a.m.
to the first fragrance of spring
which is coming, all by itself, no matter what.
My heart says, what you thought you have you do not have.
My body says, will this pounding ever stop?
My heart says, there, there, be a good student.
My body says let me up and out. I want to fondle
those soft white flowers, open in the night.