Three Shades: Sleeping

Sleeping is the second song from the Three Shades section of Jake Heggie's Winter Roses song cycle. The original poem was written by Raymond Carver, a well-known American poet and short-story author.

Date: 2004Composer: Jake HeggieText: Raymond CarverSong Collection: Winter Roses

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by Raymond Carver

He slept on his hands.

On a rock.

On his feet.

On someone else’s feet.

He slept on buses, trains, in airplanes.

Slept on duty.

Slept beside the road.

Slept on a sack of apples.

He slept in a pay toilet.

In the Super Dome.

Slept in a Jaguar, and in the back of a pickup.

Slept in theaters.

In jail.

On boats.

He slept in line shacks and, once, in a castle.

Slept in the rain.

In blistering sun he slept.

On horseback.

He slept in chairs, churches, in fancy hotels.

He slept under strange roofs all his life.

Now he sleeps under the earth.

Sleeps on and on.

Like an old king.


Flesh and Stone: Songs of Jake Heggie

(Raymond Carver, Emily Dickinson, Jake Heggie, Sister Helen Prejean, Gene Scheer and Anne Sexton)

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