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A Child's Sleep and Night Feed

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    i have to analyse these poems and write about how they're similar and different. Can anyone give me any notes on any of the lines.

    the poems are:
    Night Feed

    This is dawn.
    Believe me
    This is your season, little daughter.
    The moment daisies open,
    The hour mercurial rainwater
    Makes a mirror for sparrows.
    It's time we drowned our sorrows.

    I tiptoe in.
    I lift you up
    In your rosy, zipped sleeper.
    Yes, this is the hour
    For the early bird and me
    When finder is keeper.

    I crook the bottle.
    How you suckle!
    This is the best I can be,
    To this nursery
    Where you hold on,
    Dear Life.

    A silt of milk.
    The last suck.
    And now your eyes are open,
    Birth-colored and offended.
    Earth wakes.
    You go back to sleep.
    The feed is ended.

    Worms turn.
    Stars go in.
    Even the moon is losing face.
    Poplars stilt for dawn
    And we begin
    The long fall from grace.
    I tuck you in.

    A Child's Sleep

    I stood at the edge of my child’s sleep
    hearing her breathe;
    although I could not enter there,
    I could not leave.

    Her sleep was a small wood,
    perfumed with flowers;
    dark, peaceful, sacred,
    acred in hours.

    And she was the spirit that lives
    in the heart of such woods;
    without time, without history,
    wordlessly good.

    I spoke her name, a pebble dropped
    in the still night,
    and saw her stir, both open palms
    cupping their soft light;

    then went to the window. The greater dark
    outside the room
    gazed back, maternal, wise,
    with its face of moon.
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