Gone Fishing by Norman Rockwell. Cover on July 19, 1930. © SEPS. All Rights Reserved. Sleep is the ax, I’ve heard men say, That chops one third of life away. Well, put my third upon the block; I need eight hours by the clock. Read More:poetry | sleep You might also like... The Bishop’s BeggarFrom the Post archive, a timeless tale from one of America’s greatest storytellers. One-on-One with the Author: Ray BradburyAs we remember Ray Bradbury this week, we look back on Post writer Shirrel Rhoades’ interview with the legendary fantasy writer. On Memorial Day in the MorningThis Memorial Day poem appeared in a 1960 edition of the Post.