May God curse the night
Thats grown uneasy near the dawn
Sometimes Americans wear me out. They’re so industrious. ‘He is sleeping,’ they say, and the active gerund conjures a man striding through dark corridors swinging a briefcase, pausing for a vigorous eyelid workout every few hours. The subject is firmly in charge.
In Ireland, we say ‘He is asleep’. It’s a gentle, swooning state, not an action. You may wander the halls of that kind of sleep, but you are not the CEO of the enterprise.
I couldn’t sleep last night; can you tell?