The City Of Sleep

©Janis Zroback

Toronto, Canada

Artist's Description


Over the edge of the purple down,
Where the single lamplight gleams.
Know ye the road to the Merciful Town
That is hard by the Sea of Dreams—
Where the poor may lay their wrongs away,
And the sick may forget to-weep?
But we—pity us! Oh, pity us!
We wakeful; ah, pity us!—
We must go back with Policeman Day—
Back from the City of Sleep
!

Weary they turn from the scroll and crown,
Fetter and prayer and plough—
They that go up to the Merciful Town,
For her gates are closing now.
It is their right in the Baths of Night
Body and soul to steep,
But we—pity us! ah, pity us!
We wakeful; oh, pity us!—
We must go back with Policeman Day—
Back from the City of Sleep
!

Over the edge of the purple down,
Ere the tender dreams begin,
Look—we may look—at the Merciful Towns
But we may not enter in!
Outcasts all, from her guarded wall
Back to our watch we creep:
We—pity us! ah, pity us!
We wakeful; oh, pity us!—
We that go back with Policeman Day—
Back from the City of Sleep
! Kipling

There are so many levels to this poem, with it’s themes of poverty and wealth, that I decided to concentrate on just one, the theme of sleeplessness, the “balm of hurt minds”, that many of us never achieve, and just show the city asleep either at the end of a day or at dawn..
Kipling writes very complicated verse on topics that intrigue the reader…I hope to intrigue you the viewer with my darkened sleeping citadel, seen across the river
..
Watercolour on Arches Rough Paper…View Large for better impact….

More of my work based on Kipling can be seen HERE

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