Winter Insomina

By Raymond Carver

The mind can't sleep, can only live awake and
gorge, listening to the snow gather as
for some final assault.

It wishes Chekhov were here to minister
something- three drops of valerian,a glass
of rose water-anything, it wouldn't matter.

The mind would like to get out of here
onto the snow. It would like to run
with a pack of shaggy animals, all teeth,

under the moon, across the snow, leaving
no prints or spoor, nothing behind.
The mind is sick tonight.