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A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky by Lewis Carroll

A BOAT beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July --
Childr ..... three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear --
L ..... ong has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July. .....
Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes ..... .
Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle ne ..... r.
In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die: ..... />Ever drifting down the stream --
Lingering in the golden dream --
Life, what is it but ..... A BOAT beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July --
Childr ..... three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear --
L ..... ong has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July. .....
Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes ..... .
Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle ne ..... r.
In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die: ..... />Ever drifting down the stream --
Lingering in the golden dream --
Life, what is it but
A Valentine by Lewis Carroll

cannot pleasures, while they last,
Be actual unless, when past,
They leave us shuddering ..... ghast,
With anguish smarting?
And cannot friends be firm and fast,
And yet bear parti .....

And must I then, at Friendship's call,
Calmly resign the little all
(Trifling ..... I grant, it is and small)
I have of gladness,
And lend my being to the thrall
Of glo ..... d sadness?

And think you that I should be dumb,
And full DOLORUM OMNIUM,
Excep ..... g when YOU choose to come
And share my dinner?
At other times be sour and glum
And da ..... ily thinner?

Must he then only live to weep,
Who'd prove his friendship true and de ..... p
By day a lonely shadow creep,
At night-time languish,
Oft raising in his broken sle ..... ep
The moan of anguish?

The lover, if for certain days
His fair one be denied ..... his gaze,
Sinks not in grief and wild amaze,
But, wiser wooer,
He spends the time in ..... riting lays,
And posts them to her.

And if the verse flow free and fast,
Till ..... even the poet is aghast,
A touching Valentine at last
The post shall carry,
When thir ..... n days are gone and past
Of February.

Farewell, dear friend, and when we meet,
Perhaps before this week shall fleet,
Perhaps to-morrow.
Be actual unless, when past,
They leave us shuddering ..... ghast,
With anguish smarting?
And cannot friends be firm and fast,
And yet bear parti .....

And must I then, at Friendship's call,
Calmly resign the little all
(Trifling ..... I grant, it is and small)
I have of gladness,
And lend my being to the thrall
Of glo ..... d sadness?

And think you that I should be dumb,
And full DOLORUM OMNIUM,
Excep ..... g when YOU choose to come
And share my dinner?
At other times be sour and glum
And da ..... ily thinner?

Must he then only live to weep,
Who'd prove his friendship true and de ..... p
By day a lonely shadow creep,
At night-time languish,
Oft raising in his broken sle ..... ep
The moan of anguish?

The lover, if for certain days
His fair one be denied ..... his gaze,
Sinks not in grief and wild amaze,
But, wiser wooer,
He spends the time in ..... riting lays,
And posts them to her.

And if the verse flow free and fast,
Till ..... even the poet is aghast,
A touching Valentine at last
The post shall carry,
When thir ..... n days are gone and past
Of February.

Farewell, dear friend, and when we meet,
Perhaps before this week shall fleet,
Perhaps to-morrow.
AIR AND ANGELS by John Donne

TWICE or thrice had I loved thee,
Before I knew thy face or name ;
So in a voice, ..... o in a shapeless flame
Angels affect us oft, and worshipp'd be.
Still when, to where t ..... ou wert, I came,
Some lovely glorious nothing did I see.
But since my soul, whose chil ..... love is,
Takes limbs of flesh, and else could nothing do,
More subtle than the parent ..... is
Love must not be, but take a body too ;
And therefore what thou wert, and who,
That it assume thy body, I allow,
And fix itself in thy lip ..... , eye, and brow.

Whilst thus to ballast love I thought,
And so more steadily to ..... e,
With wares which would sink admiration,
I saw I had love's pinnace overfraught ;
Thy every hair for love to work upon
Is much too much ; some fitter must be sought ;
Extreme, and scattering bright, can love inhere ;
..... Then as an angel face and wings
Of air, not pure as it, yet pure doth wear,
So thy l ..... e may be my love's sphere ;
Just such disparity
As is 'twixt air's and angels' pur ..... TWICE or thrice had I loved thee,
Before I knew thy face or name ;
So in a voice, ..... o in a shapeless flame
Angels affect us oft, and worshipp'd be.
Still when, to where t ..... ou wert, I came,
Some lovely glorious nothing did I see.
But since my soul, whose chil ..... love is,
Takes limbs of flesh, and else could nothing do,
More subtle than the parent ..... is
Love must not be, but take a body too ;
And therefore what thou wert, and who,
That it assume thy body, I allow,
And fix itself in thy lip ..... , eye, and brow.

Whilst thus to ballast love I thought,
And so more steadily to ..... e,
With wares which would sink admiration,
I saw I had love's pinnace overfraught ;
Thy every hair for love to work upon
Is much too much ; some fitter must be sought ;
Extreme, and scattering bright, can love inhere ;
..... Then as an angel face and wings
Of air, not pure as it, yet pure doth wear,
So thy l ..... e may be my love's sphere ;
Just such disparity
As is 'twixt air's and angels' pur
ALL in the golden afternoon by Lewis Carroll

ALL in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill, .....
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretence
Our wanderings to gu ..... ide.

Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a ta ..... f breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet what can one poor voice avail
Agai ..... three tongues together?

Imperious Prima flashes forth
Her edict to begin it
In ..... er tone Secunda hopes
"There will be nonsense in it!"
While Tertia interrupts the tale
Not more than once a minute.

Anon, to sudden silence won,
In fancy they pursue
Of wonders wild and new,
In friendly chat with bird or ..... east --
And half believe it true.

And ever, as the story drained
The wells of f ..... ncy dry,
And faintly strove that weary one
To put the subject by,
`The rest next time ..... -- `It is next time!'
The happy voices cry.

Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
..... us slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out
And now the tale is done,
..... And home we steer, a merry crew,
Beneath the setting sun.

Alice! a childish story t ..... ake,
And with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood's dreams are twined
In Memory's my ..... ALL in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill, .....
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretence
Our wanderings to gu ..... ide.

Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a ta ..... f breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet what can one poor voice avail
Agai ..... three tongues together?

Imperious Prima flashes forth
Her edict to begin it
In ..... er tone Secunda hopes
"There will be nonsense in it!"
While Tertia interrupts the tale
Not more than once a minute.

Anon, to sudden silence won,
In fancy they pursue
Of wonders wild and new,
In friendly chat with bird or ..... east --
And half believe it true.

And ever, as the story drained
The wells of f ..... ncy dry,
And faintly strove that weary one
To put the subject by,
`The rest next time ..... -- `It is next time!'
The happy voices cry.

Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
..... us slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out
And now the tale is done,
..... And home we steer, a merry crew,
Beneath the setting sun.

Alice! a childish story t ..... ake,
And with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood's dreams are twined
In Memory's my
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

o not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, ..... against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Be ..... use their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay ..... ,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun i ..... flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good ..... night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze li ..... ke meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my fathe ..... r, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go ..... o not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, ..... against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Be ..... use their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay ..... ,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun i ..... flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good ..... night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze li ..... ke meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my fathe ..... r, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go
Dr. Seuss by Dr. Seuss Explains Computers

f a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
and the bus is interrupted as a very last resor ..... />and the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
then the socket packet pocket ha ..... error to report.

If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
and the doub ..... le-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
and your data is corrupted 'cause the index doe ..... sn't hash,
then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash!

If the lab ..... on the cable on the table at your house,
says the network is connected to the button on your mo ..... e,
but your packets want to tunnel on another protocol,
that's repeatedly rejected by the ..... printer down the hall,
and your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
so y ..... our icons in the window are as wavy as a souse,
then you may as well reboot and go out with a b ..... ang,
'cause as sure as I'm a poet, the sucker's gonna hang!

When the copy of your f ..... y's getting sloppy on the disk,
and the macro code instructions cause unnecessary risk,
th ..... en you have to flash your memory and you gotta RAM your ROM.
Quickly turn off the computer and ..... f a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
and the bus is interrupted as a very last resor ..... />and the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
then the socket packet pocket ha ..... error to report.

If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
and the doub ..... le-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
and your data is corrupted 'cause the index doe ..... sn't hash,
then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash!

If the lab ..... on the cable on the table at your house,
says the network is connected to the button on your mo ..... e,
but your packets want to tunnel on another protocol,
that's repeatedly rejected by the ..... printer down the hall,
and your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
so y ..... our icons in the window are as wavy as a souse,
then you may as well reboot and go out with a b ..... ang,
'cause as sure as I'm a poet, the sucker's gonna hang!

When the copy of your f ..... y's getting sloppy on the disk,
and the macro code instructions cause unnecessary risk,
th ..... en you have to flash your memory and you gotta RAM your ROM.
Quickly turn off the computer and
DREAM GIRL by Carl Sandburg

will come one day in a waver of love,
Tender as dew, impetuous as rain,
The tan of the su ..... will be on your skin,
The purr of the breeze in your murmuring speech,
You will pose with ..... hill-flower grace.

You will come, with your slim, expressive arms,
A poise of the h ..... ead no sculptor has caught
And nuances spoken with shoulder and neck,
Your face in a pass- ..... -repass of moods
As many as skies in delicate change
Of cloud and blue and flimmering sun. .....

Yet,
You may not come, O girl of a dream,
We may but pass ..... as the world goes by
And take from a look of eyes into eyes,
A film of hope and a memoried ..... will come one day in a waver of love,
Tender as dew, impetuous as rain,
The tan of the su ..... will be on your skin,
The purr of the breeze in your murmuring speech,
You will pose with ..... hill-flower grace.

You will come, with your slim, expressive arms,
A poise of the h ..... ead no sculptor has caught
And nuances spoken with shoulder and neck,
Your face in a pass- ..... -repass of moods
As many as skies in delicate change
Of cloud and blue and flimmering sun. .....

Yet,
You may not come, O girl of a dream,
We may but pass ..... as the world goes by
And take from a look of eyes into eyes,
A film of hope and a memoried
Dreamland by Lewis Carroll

When midnight mists are creeping,
And all the land is sleeping,
Around me tread the mighty ..... br />And slowly pass away.

Lo, warriors, saints, and sages,
From out the vanished ag ..... r />With solemn pace and reverend face
Appear and pass away.

The blaze of noonday sp ..... ndour,
The twilight soft and tender,
May charm the eye: yet they shall die,
Shall die ..... and pass away.

But here, in Dreamland's centre,
No spoiler's hand may enter,
T ..... hese visions fair, this radiance rare,
Shall never pass away.

I see the shadows fall ..... ing,
The forms of old recalling;
Around me tread the mighty dead,
And slowly pass awa ..... When midnight mists are creeping,
And all the land is sleeping,
Around me tread the mighty ..... br />And slowly pass away.

Lo, warriors, saints, and sages,
From out the vanished ag ..... r />With solemn pace and reverend face
Appear and pass away.

The blaze of noonday sp ..... ndour,
The twilight soft and tender,
May charm the eye: yet they shall die,
Shall die ..... and pass away.

But here, in Dreamland's centre,
No spoiler's hand may enter,
T ..... hese visions fair, this radiance rare,
Shall never pass away.

I see the shadows fall ..... ing,
The forms of old recalling;
Around me tread the mighty dead,
And slowly pass awa
Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope

these deep solitudes and awful cells,
Where heav'nly-pensive contemplation dwells,
And ..... er-musing melancholy reigns;
What means this tumult in a vestal's veins?
Why rove my tho ..... ughts beyond this last retreat?
Why feels my heart its long-forgotten heat?
Yet, yet I l ..... !--From Abelard it came,
And Eloisa yet must kiss the name.

Dear fatal name! rest ..... ever unreveal'd,
Nor pass these lips in holy silence seal'd.
Hide it, my heart, within t ..... hat close disguise,
Where mix'd with God's, his lov'd idea lies:
O write it not, my hand ..... --the name appears
Already written--wash it out, my tears!
In vain lost Eloisa weeps and ..... rays,
Her heart still dictates, and her hand obeys.

Relentless walls! whose darkso ..... ound contains
Repentant sighs, and voluntary pains:
Ye rugged rocks! which holy knees ha ..... rn;
Ye grots and caverns shagg'd with horrid thorn!
Shrines! where their vigils pale-ey' ..... gins keep,
And pitying saints, whose statues learn to weep!
Though cold like you, unmov' ..... d silent grown,
I have not yet forgot myself to stone.
All is not Heav'n's while Abelard ..... has part,
Still rebel nature holds out half my heart;
Nor pray'rs nor fasts its stubbor ..... pulse restrain,
Nor tears, for ages, taught to flow in vain.

Soon as thy letters ..... ling I unclose,
That well-known name awakens all my woes.
Oh name for ever sad! for ever ..... dear!
Still breath'd in sighs, still usher'd with a tear.
I tremble too, where'er my ow ..... n I find,
Some dire misfortune follows close behind.
Line after line my gushing eyes o'e ..... rflow,
Led through a sad variety of woe:
Now warm in love, now with'ring in thy bloom, < ..... />Lost in a convent's solitary gloom!
There stern religion quench'd th' unwilling flame,
There died the best of passions, love and fame.

Yet write, oh write me all, that I may ..... join
Griefs to thy griefs, and echo sighs to thine.
Nor foes nor fortune take this pow'r ..... away;
And is my Abelard less kind than they?
Tears still are mine, and those I need not ..... spare,
Love but demands what else were shed in pray'r;
No happier task these faded eyes ..... pursue;
To read and weep is all they now can do.

Then share thy pain, allow that s ..... relief;
Ah, more than share it! give me all thy grief.
Heav'n first taught letters for ..... e wretch's aid,
Some banish'd lover, or some captive maid;
They live, they speak, they b ..... eathe what love inspires,
Warm from the soul, and faithful to its fires,
The virgin's wi ..... h without her fears impart,
Excuse the blush, and pour out all the heart,
Speed the soft ..... tercourse from soul to soul,
And waft a sigh from Indus to the Pole.

Thou know'st ..... w guiltless first I met thy flame,
When Love approach'd me under Friendship's name;
My f ..... form'd thee of angelic kind,
Some emanation of th' all-beauteous Mind.
Those smiling ey ..... attemp'ring ev'ry day,
Shone sweetly lambent with celestial day.
Guiltless I gaz'd; heav ..... n listen'd while you sung;
And truths divine came mended from that tongue.
From lips lik ..... those what precept fail'd to move?
Too soon they taught me 'twas no sin to love.
Back t ..... rough the paths of pleasing sense I ran,
Nor wish'd an Angel whom I lov'd a Man.
Dim and ..... mote the joys of saints I see;
Nor envy them, that heav'n I lose for thee.

How oft ..... when press'd to marriage, have I said,
Curse on all laws but those which love has made!
..... free as air, at sight of human ties,
Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies,
Let ..... th, let honour, wait the wedded dame,
August her deed, and sacred be her fame;
Before tr ..... passion all those views remove,
Fame, wealth, and honour! what are you to Love?
The jeal ..... d, when we profane his fires,
Those restless passions in revenge inspires;
And bids them ..... ake mistaken mortals groan,
Who seek in love for aught but love alone.
Should at my feet ..... the world's great master fall,
Himself, his throne, his world, I'd scorn 'em all:
Not C ..... aesar's empress would I deign to prove;
No, make me mistress to the man I love;
If there ..... e yet another name more free,
More fond than mistress, make me that to thee!
Oh happy st ..... te! when souls each other draw,
When love is liberty, and nature, law:
All then is full, ..... possessing, and possess'd,
No craving void left aching in the breast:
Ev'n thought meet ..... thought, ere from the lips it part,
And each warm wish springs mutual from the heart.
Th ..... sure is bliss (if bliss on earth there be)
And once the lot of Abelard and me.

Al ..... as, how chang'd! what sudden horrors rise!
A naked lover bound and bleeding lies!
Where, ..... where was Eloise? her voice, her hand,
Her poniard, had oppos'd the dire command.
Barba ..... rian, stay! that bloody stroke restrain;
The crime was common, common be the pain.
I can ..... no more; by shame, by rage suppress'd,
Let tears, and burning blushes speak the rest.
< ..... r />Canst thou forget that sad, that solemn day,
When victims at yon altar's foot we lay?
Canst thou forget what tears that moment fell,
When, warm in youth, I bade the world farewel ..... ?
As with cold lips I kiss'd the sacred veil,
The shrines all trembl'd, and the lamps gr ..... ew pale:
Heav'n scarce believ'd the conquest it survey'd,
And saints with wonder heard t ..... vows I made.
Yet then, to those dread altars as I drew,
Not on the Cross my eyes were fi ..... x'd, but you:
Not grace, or zeal, love only was my call,
And if I lose thy love, I lose ..... ll.
Come! with thy looks, thy words, relieve my woe;
Those still at least are left thee ..... o bestow.
Still on that breast enamour'd let me lie,
Still drink delicious poison from t ..... hy eye,
Pant on thy lip, and to thy heart be press'd;
Give all thou canst--and let me dr ..... eam the rest.
Ah no! instruct me other joys to prize,
With other beauties charm my parti ..... al eyes,
Full in my view set all the bright abode,
And make my soul quit Abelard for God .....

Ah, think at least thy flock deserves thy care,
Plants of thy hand, and children ..... of thy pray'r.
From the false world in early youth they fled,
By thee to mountains, wild ..... s, and deserts led.
You rais'd these hallow'd walls; the desert smil'd,
And Paradise was ..... pen'd in the wild.
No weeping orphan saw his father's stores
Our shrines irradiate, or e ..... blaze the floors;
No silver saints, by dying misers giv'n,
Here brib'd the rage of ill-r ..... quited heav'n:
But such plain roofs as piety could raise,
And only vocal with the Maker' ..... ise.
In these lone walls (their days eternal bound)
These moss-grown domes with spiry tu ..... s crown'd,
Where awful arches make a noonday night,
And the dim windows shed a solemn li ..... ht;
Thy eyes diffus'd a reconciling ray,
And gleams of glory brighten'd all the day.
But now no face divine contentment wears,
'Tis all blank sadness, or continual tears.
S ..... ee how the force of others' pray'rs I try,
(O pious fraud of am'rous charity!)
But why s ..... hould I on others' pray'rs depend?
Come thou, my father, brother, husband, friend!
Ah le ..... thy handmaid, sister, daughter move,
And all those tender names in one, thy love!
The da ..... some pines that o'er yon rocks reclin'd
Wave high, and murmur to the hollow wind,
The wa ..... 'ring streams that shine between the hills,
The grots that echo to the tinkling rills,
T ..... he dying gales that pant upon the trees,
The lakes that quiver to the curling breeze;
No ..... more these scenes my meditation aid,
Or lull to rest the visionary maid.
But o'er the tw ..... ilight groves and dusky caves,
Long-sounding aisles, and intermingled graves,
Black Mela ..... holy sits, and round her throws
A death-like silence, and a dread repose:
Her gloomy pre ..... nce saddens all the scene,
Shades ev'ry flow'r, and darkens ev'ry green,
Deepens the mur ..... f the falling floods,
And breathes a browner horror on the woods.

Yet here for eve ..... ever must I stay;
Sad proof how well a lover can obey!
Death, only death, can break the ..... lasting chain;
And here, ev'n then, shall my cold dust remain,
Here all its frailties, a ..... ll its flames resign,
And wait till 'tis no sin to mix with thine.

Ah wretch! beli ..... the spouse of God in vain,
Confess'd within the slave of love and man.
Assist me, Heav' ..... but whence arose that pray'r?
Sprung it from piety, or from despair?
Ev'n here, where fr ..... en chastity retires,
Love finds an altar for forbidden fires.
I ought to grieve, but can ..... what I ought;
I mourn the lover, not lament the fault;
I view my crime, but kindle at t ..... view,
Repent old pleasures, and solicit new;
Now turn'd to Heav'n, I weep my past offen ..... e,
Now think of thee, and curse my innocence.
Of all affliction taught a lover yet,
How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense,
A ..... love th' offender, yet detest th' offence?
How the dear object from the crime remove,
O ..... how distinguish penitence from love?
Unequal task! a passion to resign,
For hearts so to ..... uch'd, so pierc'd, so lost as mine.
Ere such a soul regains its peaceful state,
How ofte ..... must it love, how often hate!
How often hope, despair, resent, regret,
Conceal, disdain- ..... all things but forget.
But let Heav'n seize it, all at once 'tis fir'd;
Not touch'd, bu ..... t rapt; not waken'd, but inspir'd!
Oh come! oh teach me nature to subdue,
Renounce my lo ..... my life, myself--and you.
Fill my fond heart with God alone, for he
Alone can rival, can ..... ed to thee.

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the ..... rld forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish r ..... esign'd;
Labour and rest, that equal periods keep;
"Obedient slumbers that can wake and ..... weep;"
Desires compos'd, affections ever ev'n,
Tears that delight, and sighs that waft t ..... eav'n.
Grace shines around her with serenest beams,
And whisp'ring angels prompt her gol ..... en dreams.
For her th' unfading rose of Eden blooms,
And wings of seraphs shed divine pe ..... umes,
For her the Spouse prepares the bridal ring,
For her white virgins hymeneals sing, .....
To sounds of heav'nly harps she dies away,
And melts in visions of eternal day.
Far other dreams my erring soul employ,
Far other raptures, of unholy joy:
When at t ..... e of each sad, sorrowing day,
Fancy restores what vengeance snatch'd away,
Then conscien ..... leeps, and leaving nature free,
All my loose soul unbounded springs to thee.
Oh curs'd, ..... horrors of all-conscious night!
How glowing guilt exalts the keen delight!
Provoking Da ..... emons all restraint remove,
And stir within me every source of love.
I hear thee, view t ..... hee, gaze o'er all thy charms,
And round thy phantom glue my clasping arms.
I wake--no m ..... re I hear, no more I view,
The phantom flies me, as unkind as you.
I call aloud; it hear ..... not what I say;
I stretch my empty arms; it glides away.
To dream once more I close my ..... illing eyes;
Ye soft illusions, dear deceits, arise!
Alas, no more--methinks we wand'rin ..... o
Through dreary wastes, and weep each other's woe,
Where round some mould'ring tower pa ..... vy creeps,
And low-brow'd rocks hang nodding o'er the deeps.
Sudden you mount, you becko ..... from the skies;
Clouds interpose, waves roar, and winds arise.
I shriek, start up, the s ..... ad prospect find,
And wake to all the griefs I left behind.

For thee the fates, se ..... y kind, ordain
A cool suspense from pleasure and from pain;
Thy life a long, dead calm o ..... f fix'd repose;
No pulse that riots, and no blood that glows.
Still as the sea, ere wind ..... s were taught to blow,
Or moving spirit bade the waters flow;
Soft as the slumbers of a ..... aint forgiv'n,
And mild as opening gleams of promis'd heav'n.

Come, Abelard! for w ..... hast thou to dread?
The torch of Venus burns not for the dead.
Nature stands check'd; Re ..... ligion disapproves;
Ev'n thou art cold--yet Eloisa loves.
Ah hopeless, lasting flames! l ..... those that burn
To light the dead, and warm th' unfruitful urn.

What scenes appea ..... ere'er I turn my view?
The dear ideas, where I fly, pursue,
Rise in the grove, before th ..... e altar rise,
Stain all my soul, and wanton in my eyes.
I waste the matin lamp in sighs ..... or thee,
Thy image steals between my God and me,
Thy voice I seem in ev'ry hymn to hear, .....
With ev'ry bead I drop too soft a tear.
When from the censer clouds of fragrance roll, ..... br />And swelling organs lift the rising soul,
One thought of thee puts all the pomp to flight ..... r />Priests, tapers, temples, swim before my sight:
In seas of flame my plunging soul is drown .....
While altars blaze, and angels tremble round.

While prostrate here in humble grief ..... I lie,
Kind, virtuous drops just gath'ring in my eye,
While praying, trembling, in the ..... dust I roll,
And dawning grace is op'ning on my soul:
Come, if thou dar'st, all charming ..... thou art!
Oppose thyself to Heav'n; dispute my heart;
Come, with one glance of those de ..... luding eyes
Blot out each bright idea of the skies;
Take back that grace, those sorrows, ..... hose tears;
Take back my fruitless penitence and pray'rs;
Snatch me, just mounting, from ..... the blest abode;
Assist the fiends, and tear me from my God!

No, fly me, fly me, f ..... ar as pole from pole;
Rise Alps between us! and whole oceans roll!
Ah, come not, write n ..... ot, think not once of me,
Nor share one pang of all I felt for thee.
Thy oaths I quit, t ..... hy memory resign;
Forget, renounce me, hate whate'er was mine.
Fair eyes, and tempting l ..... ooks (which yet I view!)
Long lov'd, ador'd ideas, all adieu!
Oh Grace serene! oh virtue ..... v'nly fair!
Divine oblivion of low-thoughted care!
Fresh blooming hope, gay daughter of ..... the sky!
And faith, our early immortality!
Enter, each mild, each amicable guest;
..... Receive, and wrap me in eternal rest!

See in her cell sad Eloisa spread,
Propp'd o ..... some tomb, a neighbour of the dead.
In each low wind methinks a spirit calls,
And more ..... than echoes talk along the walls.
Here, as I watch'd the dying lamps around,
From yonder ..... shrine I heard a hollow sound.
"Come, sister, come!" (it said, or seem'd to say)
"Thy pl ..... ce is here, sad sister, come away!
Once like thyself, I trembled, wept, and pray'd,
Love ..... victim then, though now a sainted maid:
But all is calm in this eternal sleep;
Here gri ..... ef forgets to groan, and love to weep,
Ev'n superstition loses ev'ry fear:
For God, not ..... , absolves our frailties here."

I come, I come! prepare your roseate bow'rs,
Celes ..... al palms, and ever-blooming flow'rs.
Thither, where sinners may have rest, I go,
Where f ..... lames refin'd in breasts seraphic glow:
Thou, Abelard! the last sad office pay,
And smoo ..... my passage to the realms of day;
See my lips tremble, and my eye-balls roll,
Suck my las ..... breath, and catch my flying soul!
Ah no--in sacred vestments may'st thou stand,
The hal ..... w'd taper trembling in thy hand,
Present the cross before my lifted eye,
Teach me at onc ..... e, and learn of me to die.
Ah then, thy once-lov'd Eloisa see!
It will be then no crime ..... gaze on me.
See from my cheek the transient roses fly!
See the last sparkle languish in ..... my eye!
Till ev'ry motion, pulse, and breath be o'er;
And ev'n my Abelard be lov'd no mo ..... re.
O Death all-eloquent! you only prove
What dust we dote on, when 'tis man we love.
Then too, when fate shall thy fair frame destroy,
(That cause of all my guilt, and a ..... ll my joy)
In trance ecstatic may thy pangs be drown'd,
Bright clouds descend, and angel ..... thee round,
From op'ning skies may streaming glories shine,
And saints embrace thee with ..... a love like mine.

May one kind grave unite each hapless name,
And graft my love i ..... mmortal on thy fame!
Then, ages hence, when all my woes are o'er,
When this rebellious h ..... eart shall beat no more;
If ever chance two wand'ring lovers brings
To Paraclete's white ..... lls and silver springs,
O'er the pale marble shall they join their heads,
And drink the ..... lling tears each other sheds;
Then sadly say, with mutual pity mov'd,
"Oh may we never l ..... ve as these have lov'd!"

From the full choir when loud Hosannas rise,
And swell th ..... pomp of dreadful sacrifice,
Amid that scene if some relenting eye
Glance on the stone w ..... e our cold relics lie,
Devotion's self shall steal a thought from Heav'n,
One human tear ..... hall drop and be forgiv'n.
And sure, if fate some future bard shall join
In sad similitu ..... de of griefs to mine,
Condemn'd whole years in absence to deplore,
And image charms he m ..... behold no more;
Such if there be, who loves so long, so well;
Let him our sad, our tend ..... r story tell;
The well-sung woes will soothe my pensive ghost;
He best can paint 'em, wh ..... these deep solitudes and awful cells,
Where heav'nly-pensive contemplation dwells,
And ..... er-musing melancholy reigns;
What means this tumult in a vestal's veins?
Why rove my tho ..... ughts beyond this last retreat?
Why feels my heart its long-forgotten heat?
Yet, yet I l ..... !--From Abelard it came,
And Eloisa yet must kiss the name.

Dear fatal name! rest ..... ever unreveal'd,
Nor pass these lips in holy silence seal'd.
Hide it, my heart, within t ..... hat close disguise,
Where mix'd with God's, his lov'd idea lies:
O write it not, my hand ..... --the name appears
Already written--wash it out, my tears!
In vain lost Eloisa weeps and ..... rays,
Her heart still dictates, and her hand obeys.

Relentless walls! whose darkso ..... ound contains
Repentant sighs, and voluntary pains:
Ye rugged rocks! which holy knees ha ..... rn;
Ye grots and caverns shagg'd with horrid thorn!
Shrines! where their vigils pale-ey' ..... gins keep,
And pitying saints, whose statues learn to weep!
Though cold like you, unmov' ..... d silent grown,
I have not yet forgot myself to stone.
All is not Heav'n's while Abelard ..... has part,
Still rebel nature holds out half my heart;
Nor pray'rs nor fasts its stubbor ..... pulse restrain,
Nor tears, for ages, taught to flow in vain.

Soon as thy letters ..... ling I unclose,
That well-known name awakens all my woes.
Oh name for ever sad! for ever ..... dear!
Still breath'd in sighs, still usher'd with a tear.
I tremble too, where'er my ow ..... n I find,
Some dire misfortune follows close behind.
Line after line my gushing eyes o'e ..... rflow,
Led through a sad variety of woe:
Now warm in love, now with'ring in thy bloom, < ..... />Lost in a convent's solitary gloom!
There stern religion quench'd th' unwilling flame,
There died the best of passions, love and fame.

Yet write, oh write me all, that I may ..... join
Griefs to thy griefs, and echo sighs to thine.
Nor foes nor fortune take this pow'r ..... away;
And is my Abelard less kind than they?
Tears still are mine, and those I need not ..... spare,
Love but demands what else were shed in pray'r;
No happier task these faded eyes ..... pursue;
To read and weep is all they now can do.

Then share thy pain, allow that s ..... relief;
Ah, more than share it! give me all thy grief.
Heav'n first taught letters for ..... e wretch's aid,
Some banish'd lover, or some captive maid;
They live, they speak, they b ..... eathe what love inspires,
Warm from the soul, and faithful to its fires,
The virgin's wi ..... h without her fears impart,
Excuse the blush, and pour out all the heart,
Speed the soft ..... tercourse from soul to soul,
And waft a sigh from Indus to the Pole.

Thou know'st ..... w guiltless first I met thy flame,
When Love approach'd me under Friendship's name;
My f ..... form'd thee of angelic kind,
Some emanation of th' all-beauteous Mind.
Those smiling ey ..... attemp'ring ev'ry day,
Shone sweetly lambent with celestial day.
Guiltless I gaz'd; heav ..... n listen'd while you sung;
And truths divine came mended from that tongue.
From lips lik ..... those what precept fail'd to move?
Too soon they taught me 'twas no sin to love.
Back t ..... rough the paths of pleasing sense I ran,
Nor wish'd an Angel whom I lov'd a Man.
Dim and ..... mote the joys of saints I see;
Nor envy them, that heav'n I lose for thee.

How oft ..... when press'd to marriage, have I said,
Curse on all laws but those which love has made!
..... free as air, at sight of human ties,
Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies,
Let ..... th, let honour, wait the wedded dame,
August her deed, and sacred be her fame;
Before tr ..... passion all those views remove,
Fame, wealth, and honour! what are you to Love?
The jeal ..... d, when we profane his fires,
Those restless passions in revenge inspires;
And bids them ..... ake mistaken mortals groan,
Who seek in love for aught but love alone.
Should at my feet ..... the world's great master fall,
Himself, his throne, his world, I'd scorn 'em all:
Not C ..... aesar's empress would I deign to prove;
No, make me mistress to the man I love;
If there ..... e yet another name more free,
More fond than mistress, make me that to thee!
Oh happy st ..... te! when souls each other draw,
When love is liberty, and nature, law:
All then is full, ..... possessing, and possess'd,
No craving void left aching in the breast:
Ev'n thought meet ..... thought, ere from the lips it part,
And each warm wish springs mutual from the heart.
Th ..... sure is bliss (if bliss on earth there be)
And once the lot of Abelard and me.

Al ..... as, how chang'd! what sudden horrors rise!
A naked lover bound and bleeding lies!
Where, ..... where was Eloise? her voice, her hand,
Her poniard, had oppos'd the dire command.
Barba ..... rian, stay! that bloody stroke restrain;
The crime was common, common be the pain.
I can ..... no more; by shame, by rage suppress'd,
Let tears, and burning blushes speak the rest.
< ..... r />Canst thou forget that sad, that solemn day,
When victims at yon altar's foot we lay?
Canst thou forget what tears that moment fell,
When, warm in youth, I bade the world farewel ..... ?
As with cold lips I kiss'd the sacred veil,
The shrines all trembl'd, and the lamps gr ..... ew pale:
Heav'n scarce believ'd the conquest it survey'd,
And saints with wonder heard t ..... vows I made.
Yet then, to those dread altars as I drew,
Not on the Cross my eyes were fi ..... x'd, but you:
Not grace, or zeal, love only was my call,
And if I lose thy love, I lose ..... ll.
Come! with thy looks, thy words, relieve my woe;
Those still at least are left thee ..... o bestow.
Still on that breast enamour'd let me lie,
Still drink delicious poison from t ..... hy eye,
Pant on thy lip, and to thy heart be press'd;
Give all thou canst--and let me dr ..... eam the rest.
Ah no! instruct me other joys to prize,
With other beauties charm my parti ..... al eyes,
Full in my view set all the bright abode,
And make my soul quit Abelard for God .....

Ah, think at least thy flock deserves thy care,
Plants of thy hand, and children ..... of thy pray'r.
From the false world in early youth they fled,
By thee to mountains, wild ..... s, and deserts led.
You rais'd these hallow'd walls; the desert smil'd,
And Paradise was ..... pen'd in the wild.
No weeping orphan saw his father's stores
Our shrines irradiate, or e ..... blaze the floors;
No silver saints, by dying misers giv'n,
Here brib'd the rage of ill-r ..... quited heav'n:
But such plain roofs as piety could raise,
And only vocal with the Maker' ..... ise.
In these lone walls (their days eternal bound)
These moss-grown domes with spiry tu ..... s crown'd,
Where awful arches make a noonday night,
And the dim windows shed a solemn li ..... ht;
Thy eyes diffus'd a reconciling ray,
And gleams of glory brighten'd all the day.
But now no face divine contentment wears,
'Tis all blank sadness, or continual tears.
S ..... ee how the force of others' pray'rs I try,
(O pious fraud of am'rous charity!)
But why s ..... hould I on others' pray'rs depend?
Come thou, my father, brother, husband, friend!
Ah le ..... thy handmaid, sister, daughter move,
And all those tender names in one, thy love!
The da ..... some pines that o'er yon rocks reclin'd
Wave high, and murmur to the hollow wind,
The wa ..... 'ring streams that shine between the hills,
The grots that echo to the tinkling rills,
T ..... he dying gales that pant upon the trees,
The lakes that quiver to the curling breeze;
No ..... more these scenes my meditation aid,
Or lull to rest the visionary maid.
But o'er the tw ..... ilight groves and dusky caves,
Long-sounding aisles, and intermingled graves,
Black Mela ..... holy sits, and round her throws
A death-like silence, and a dread repose:
Her gloomy pre ..... nce saddens all the scene,
Shades ev'ry flow'r, and darkens ev'ry green,
Deepens the mur ..... f the falling floods,
And breathes a browner horror on the woods.

Yet here for eve ..... ever must I stay;
Sad proof how well a lover can obey!
Death, only death, can break the ..... lasting chain;
And here, ev'n then, shall my cold dust remain,
Here all its frailties, a ..... ll its flames resign,
And wait till 'tis no sin to mix with thine.

Ah wretch! beli ..... the spouse of God in vain,
Confess'd within the slave of love and man.
Assist me, Heav' ..... but whence arose that pray'r?
Sprung it from piety, or from despair?
Ev'n here, where fr ..... en chastity retires,
Love finds an altar for forbidden fires.
I ought to grieve, but can ..... what I ought;
I mourn the lover, not lament the fault;
I view my crime, but kindle at t ..... view,
Repent old pleasures, and solicit new;
Now turn'd to Heav'n, I weep my past offen ..... e,
Now think of thee, and curse my innocence.
Of all affliction taught a lover yet,
How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense,
A ..... love th' offender, yet detest th' offence?
How the dear object from the crime remove,
O ..... how distinguish penitence from love?
Unequal task! a passion to resign,
For hearts so to ..... uch'd, so pierc'd, so lost as mine.
Ere such a soul regains its peaceful state,
How ofte ..... must it love, how often hate!
How often hope, despair, resent, regret,
Conceal, disdain- ..... all things but forget.
But let Heav'n seize it, all at once 'tis fir'd;
Not touch'd, bu ..... t rapt; not waken'd, but inspir'd!
Oh come! oh teach me nature to subdue,
Renounce my lo ..... my life, myself--and you.
Fill my fond heart with God alone, for he
Alone can rival, can ..... ed to thee.

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the ..... rld forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish r ..... esign'd;
Labour and rest, that equal periods keep;
"Obedient slumbers that can wake and ..... weep;"
Desires compos'd, affections ever ev'n,
Tears that delight, and sighs that waft t ..... eav'n.
Grace shines around her with serenest beams,
And whisp'ring angels prompt her gol ..... en dreams.
For her th' unfading rose of Eden blooms,
And wings of seraphs shed divine pe ..... umes,
For her the Spouse prepares the bridal ring,
For her white virgins hymeneals sing, .....
To sounds of heav'nly harps she dies away,
And melts in visions of eternal day.
Far other dreams my erring soul employ,
Far other raptures, of unholy joy:
When at t ..... e of each sad, sorrowing day,
Fancy restores what vengeance snatch'd away,
Then conscien ..... leeps, and leaving nature free,
All my loose soul unbounded springs to thee.
Oh curs'd, ..... horrors of all-conscious night!
How glowing guilt exalts the keen delight!
Provoking Da ..... emons all restraint remove,
And stir within me every source of love.
I hear thee, view t ..... hee, gaze o'er all thy charms,
And round thy phantom glue my clasping arms.
I wake--no m ..... re I hear, no more I view,
The phantom flies me, as unkind as you.
I call aloud; it hear ..... not what I say;
I stretch my empty arms; it glides away.
To dream once more I close my ..... illing eyes;
Ye soft illusions, dear deceits, arise!
Alas, no more--methinks we wand'rin ..... o
Through dreary wastes, and weep each other's woe,
Where round some mould'ring tower pa ..... vy creeps,
And low-brow'd rocks hang nodding o'er the deeps.
Sudden you mount, you becko ..... from the skies;
Clouds interpose, waves roar, and winds arise.
I shriek, start up, the s ..... ad prospect find,
And wake to all the griefs I left behind.

For thee the fates, se ..... y kind, ordain
A cool suspense from pleasure and from pain;
Thy life a long, dead calm o ..... f fix'd repose;
No pulse that riots, and no blood that glows.
Still as the sea, ere wind ..... s were taught to blow,
Or moving spirit bade the waters flow;
Soft as the slumbers of a ..... aint forgiv'n,
And mild as opening gleams of promis'd heav'n.

Come, Abelard! for w ..... hast thou to dread?
The torch of Venus burns not for the dead.
Nature stands check'd; Re ..... ligion disapproves;
Ev'n thou art cold--yet Eloisa loves.
Ah hopeless, lasting flames! l ..... those that burn
To light the dead, and warm th' unfruitful urn.

What scenes appea ..... ere'er I turn my view?
The dear ideas, where I fly, pursue,
Rise in the grove, before th ..... e altar rise,
Stain all my soul, and wanton in my eyes.
I waste the matin lamp in sighs ..... or thee,
Thy image steals between my God and me,
Thy voice I seem in ev'ry hymn to hear, .....
With ev'ry bead I drop too soft a tear.
When from the censer clouds of fragrance roll, ..... br />And swelling organs lift the rising soul,
One thought of thee puts all the pomp to flight ..... r />Priests, tapers, temples, swim before my sight:
In seas of flame my plunging soul is drown .....
While altars blaze, and angels tremble round.

While prostrate here in humble grief ..... I lie,
Kind, virtuous drops just gath'ring in my eye,
While praying, trembling, in the ..... dust I roll,
And dawning grace is op'ning on my soul:
Come, if thou dar'st, all charming ..... thou art!
Oppose thyself to Heav'n; dispute my heart;
Come, with one glance of those de ..... luding eyes
Blot out each bright idea of the skies;
Take back that grace, those sorrows, ..... hose tears;
Take back my fruitless penitence and pray'rs;
Snatch me, just mounting, from ..... the blest abode;
Assist the fiends, and tear me from my God!

No, fly me, fly me, f ..... ar as pole from pole;
Rise Alps between us! and whole oceans roll!
Ah, come not, write n ..... ot, think not once of me,
Nor share one pang of all I felt for thee.
Thy oaths I quit, t ..... hy memory resign;
Forget, renounce me, hate whate'er was mine.
Fair eyes, and tempting l ..... ooks (which yet I view!)
Long lov'd, ador'd ideas, all adieu!
Oh Grace serene! oh virtue ..... v'nly fair!
Divine oblivion of low-thoughted care!
Fresh blooming hope, gay daughter of ..... the sky!
And faith, our early immortality!
Enter, each mild, each amicable guest;
..... Receive, and wrap me in eternal rest!

See in her cell sad Eloisa spread,
Propp'd o ..... some tomb, a neighbour of the dead.
In each low wind methinks a spirit calls,
And more ..... than echoes talk along the walls.
Here, as I watch'd the dying lamps around,
From yonder ..... shrine I heard a hollow sound.
"Come, sister, come!" (it said, or seem'd to say)
"Thy pl ..... ce is here, sad sister, come away!
Once like thyself, I trembled, wept, and pray'd,
Love ..... victim then, though now a sainted maid:
But all is calm in this eternal sleep;
Here gri ..... ef forgets to groan, and love to weep,
Ev'n superstition loses ev'ry fear:
For God, not ..... , absolves our frailties here."

I come, I come! prepare your roseate bow'rs,
Celes ..... al palms, and ever-blooming flow'rs.
Thither, where sinners may have rest, I go,
Where f ..... lames refin'd in breasts seraphic glow:
Thou, Abelard! the last sad office pay,
And smoo ..... my passage to the realms of day;
See my lips tremble, and my eye-balls roll,
Suck my las ..... breath, and catch my flying soul!
Ah no--in sacred vestments may'st thou stand,
The hal ..... w'd taper trembling in thy hand,
Present the cross before my lifted eye,
Teach me at onc ..... e, and learn of me to die.
Ah then, thy once-lov'd Eloisa see!
It will be then no crime ..... gaze on me.
See from my cheek the transient roses fly!
See the last sparkle languish in ..... my eye!
Till ev'ry motion, pulse, and breath be o'er;
And ev'n my Abelard be lov'd no mo ..... re.
O Death all-eloquent! you only prove
What dust we dote on, when 'tis man we love.
Then too, when fate shall thy fair frame destroy,
(That cause of all my guilt, and a ..... ll my joy)
In trance ecstatic may thy pangs be drown'd,
Bright clouds descend, and angel ..... thee round,
From op'ning skies may streaming glories shine,
And saints embrace thee with ..... a love like mine.

May one kind grave unite each hapless name,
And graft my love i ..... mmortal on thy fame!
Then, ages hence, when all my woes are o'er,
When this rebellious h ..... eart shall beat no more;
If ever chance two wand'ring lovers brings
To Paraclete's white ..... lls and silver springs,
O'er the pale marble shall they join their heads,
And drink the ..... lling tears each other sheds;
Then sadly say, with mutual pity mov'd,
"Oh may we never l ..... ve as these have lov'd!"

From the full choir when loud Hosannas rise,
And swell th ..... pomp of dreadful sacrifice,
Amid that scene if some relenting eye
Glance on the stone w ..... e our cold relics lie,
Devotion's self shall steal a thought from Heav'n,
One human tear ..... hall drop and be forgiv'n.
And sure, if fate some future bard shall join
In sad similitu ..... de of griefs to mine,
Condemn'd whole years in absence to deplore,
And image charms he m ..... behold no more;
Such if there be, who loves so long, so well;
Let him our sad, our tend ..... r story tell;
The well-sung woes will soothe my pensive ghost;
He best can paint 'em, wh
Howl by Allen Ginsberg

WL

For Carl Solomon

I
madness, starving hysteric ..... al naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn
loo ..... or an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly
..... connection to the starry dynamo in the machin-
ery of night,
who ..... poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat
up smoking in the supernatural ..... s of
cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities
con ..... mplating jazz,
who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and
sa ..... an angels staggering on tene-
ment roofs illuminated,
who passed th ..... sities with radiant cool eyes
hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy
who were expelled from the academies for crazy & < ..... br /> publishing obscene odes on the windows of the
skull,
..... who cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear, burn-
ing their money in wastebask ..... ts and listening
to the Terror through the wall,
who got busted in ..... ubic beards returning through
Laredo with a belt of marijuana for New York,
Paradise Alley, death, or ..... purgatoried their
torsos night after night
with dreams, with drugs, ..... h waking nightmares, al-
cohol and cock and endless balls,
incompar ..... reets of shuddering cloud and
lightning in the mind leaping toward poles of
Canada & Paterson, illuminating all the mo-
tionless world of Tim ..... e between,
Peyote solidities of halls, backyard green tree cemetery
..... runkenness over the rooftops,
storefront boroughs of teahead joyride neon
..... blinking traffic light, sun and moon and tree
vibrations in the ro ..... ing winter dusks of Brook-
lyn, ashcan rantings and kind king light of mind,
who chained themselves to subways for the endless
ride from Battery to ..... holy Bronx on benzedrine
until the noise of wheels and children brought
..... them down shuddering mouth-wracked and
battered bleak of brain all d ..... ned of brilliance
in the drear light of Zoo,
who sank all night in ..... submarine light of Bickford's
floated out and sat through the stale beer after < ..... noon in desolate Fugazzi's, listening to the crack
of doom on the h ..... ogen jukebox,
who talked continuously seventy hours from park to
pa ..... levue to museum to the Brook-
lyn Bridge,
lost battalion of platoni ..... onversationalists jumping
down the stoops off fire escapes off windowsills
off Empire State out of the moon,
yacketayakking screaming vomiting whis ..... pering facts
and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks
an ..... cks of hospitals and jails and wars,
whole intellects disgorged in total recall for sev ..... days
and nights with brilliant eyes, meat for the
Synagogue ..... st on the pavement,
who vanished into nowhere Zen New Jersey leaving a
..... trail of ambiguous picture postcards of Atlantic
City Hall,
suffe ..... ats and Tangerian bone-grind-
ings and migraines of China under junk-with-
drawal in Newark's bleak furnished room,
who wandered around and around ..... midnight in the
railroad yard wondering where to go, and went,
..... leaving no broken hearts,
who lit cigarettes in boxcars boxcars boxcars racketing < ..... /> through snow toward lonesome farms in grand-
father night,
athy and bop kabbalah ..... use the cosmos in-
stinctively vibrated at their feet in Kansas,
wh ..... loned it through the streets of Idaho seeking vis-
ionary indian angels who wer ..... e visionary indian
angels,
who thought they were only mad when Balt ..... imore
gleamed in supernatural ecstasy,
who jumped in limousines wit ..... the Chinaman of Okla-
homa on the impulse of winter midnight street
..... light smalltown rain,
who lounged hungry and lonesome through Houston
..... seeking jazz or sex or soup, and followed the
brilliant Spaniard to convers ..... e about America
and Eternity, a hopeless task, and so took ship
..... to Africa,
who disappeared into the volcanoes of Mexico leaving
b ..... g but the shadow of dungarees
and the lava and ash of poetry scattered in fire < ..... br /> place Chicago,
who reappeared on the West Coast investigating the F.B.I. in beards and shorts with big pacifist
eyes sexy in the ..... dark skin passing out incom-
prehensible leaflets,
who burned ciga ..... oles in their arms protesting
the narcotic tobacco haze of Capitalism,
..... who distributed Supercommunist pamphlets in Union
Square weeping and undressing ..... while the sirens
of Los Alamos wailed them down, and wailed
..... the Staten Island ferry also
wailed,
who broke down crying in whit ..... gymnasiums naked
and trembling before the machinery of other
..... skeletons,
who bit detectives in the neck and shrieked with delight
..... in policecars for committing no crime but their
own wild cooking pederasty and ..... toxication,
who howled on their knees in the subway and were
dragge ..... oof waving genitals and manu-
scripts,
who let themselves be fucked ..... e ass by saintly
motorcyclists, and screamed with joy,
who blew and ..... lown by those human seraphim,
the sailors, caresses of Atlantic and Caribbean love,
who balled in the morning in the evenings in rose
..... gardens and the grass of public parks and
cemeteries scattering their sem ..... en freely to
whomever come who may,
who hiccuped endlessly trying t ..... giggle but wound up
with a sob behind a partition in a Turkish Bath
..... when the blond & naked angel came to pierce
them with a sword,
..... who lost their loveboys to the three old shrews of fate
the one eyed shrew of ..... he heterosexual dollar
the one eyed shrew that winks out of the womb
..... and the one eyed shrew that does nothing but
sit on her ass and snip th ..... e intellectual golden
threads of the craftsman's loom,
who copulate ..... nd insatiate with a bottle of
beer a sweetheart a package of cigarettes a can- < ..... dle and fell off the bed, and continued along
the floor and down the ..... hall and ended fainting
on the wall with a vision of ultimate cunt and
..... come eluding the last gyzym of consciousness,
who sweetened the snatches of a mil ..... girls trembling
in the sunset, and were red eyed in the morning
..... but prepared to sweeten the snatch of the sun
rise, flashing buttocks under ..... barns and naked
in the lake,
who went out whoring through Colorado ..... in myriad
stolen night-cars, N.C., secret hero of these
poem ..... sman and Adonis of Denver-joy
to the memory of his innumerable lays of girls
in empty lots & diner backyards, moviehouses'
rickety rows, on ..... mountaintops in caves or with
gaunt waitresses in familiar roadside lonely pet- .....
ticoat upliftings & especially secret gas-station
solipsisms ..... of johns, & hometown alleys too,
who faded out in vast sordid movies, were shifted in ..... /> dreams, woke on a sudden Manhattan, and
picked themselves up out ..... ments hung
over with heartless Tokay and horrors of Third
Av ..... reams & stumbled to unemploy-
ment offices,
who walked all night wi ..... their shoes full of blood on
the snowbank docks waiting for a door in the
and opium,
..... who created great suicidal dramas on the apartment
cliff-banks of the Hudson und ..... er the wartime
blue floodlight of the moon & their heads shall
..... be crowned with laurel in oblivion,
who ate the lamb stew of the imagination or digest ..... d
the crab at the muddy bottom of the rivers of
Bowery,
pushcarts full of onion ..... bad music,
who sat in boxes breathing in the darkness under the
bri ..... e up to build harpsichords in
their lofts,
who coughed on the sixth ..... floor of Harlem crowned
with flame under the tubercular sky surrounded
..... by orange crates of theology,
who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over l ..... ofty
incantations which in the yellow morning were
stanzas o ..... gibberish,
who cooked rotten animals lung heart feet tail borsht
& ..... reaming of the pure vegetable
kingdom,
who plunged themselves under ..... meat trucks looking for
an egg,
who threw their watches off the roo ..... cast their ballot
for Eternity outside of Time, & alarm clocks
..... fell on their heads every day for the next decade,
who cut their wrists three times su ..... ssively unsuccess-
fully, gave up and were forced to open antique
..... stores where they thought they were growing
old and cried,
who ..... were burned alive in their innocent flannel suits
on Madison Avenue amid blasts ..... of leaden verse
& the tanked-up clatter of the iron regiments
..... of fashion & the nitroglycerine shrieks of the
fairies of advertising & the mu ..... gas of sinis-
ter intelligent editors, or were run down by the
..... runken taxicabs of Absolute Reality,
who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually h .....
pened and walked away unknown and forgotten
into the ghostl ..... daze of Chinatown soup alley
ways & firetrucks, not even one free beer,
..... who sang out of their windows in despair, fell out of
the subway window, jum ..... n the filthy Pas-
saic, leaped on negroes, cried all over the street,
..... danced on broken wineglasses barefoot smashed
phonograph records of nostalg ..... ic European
1930s German jazz finished the whiskey and
threw ..... into the bloody toilet, moans
in their ears and the blast of colossal steam
whistles,
who barreled down the highways of the past journeying
..... to each other's hotrod-Golgotha jail-solitude
watch or Birmingham jazz inca ..... on,
who drove crosscountry seventytwo hours to find out
if I had a ..... or you had a vision or he had
a vision to find out Eternity,
who jo ..... nver, who died in Denver, who
came back to Denver & waited in vain, who
..... watched over Denver & brooded & loned in
Denver and finally went awa ..... y to find out the
Time, & now Denver is lonesome for her heroes,
wh ..... fell on their knees in hopeless cathedrals praying
for each other's salvation an ..... d light and breasts,
until the soul illuminated its hair for a second,
..... who crashed through their minds in jail waiting for
impossible criminals with ..... golden heads and the
charm of reality in their hearts who sang sweet
..... blues to Alcatraz,
who retired to Mexico to cultivate a habit, or Rocky
..... Mount to tender Buddha or Tangiers to boys
or Southern Pacific to th ..... e black locomotive or
Harvard to Narcissus to Woodlawn to the
..... sychain or grave,
who demanded sanity trials accusing the radio of hyp
..... notism & were left with their insanity & their
hands & a hung jury,
..... ho threw potato salad at CCNY lecturers on Dadaism
and subsequently presented th ..... emselves on the
granite steps of the madhouse with shaven heads
..... and harlequin speech of suicide, demanding in-
stantaneous lobotomy,
..... and who were given instead the concrete void of insulin
Metrazol electricity ..... y psycho-
therapy occupational therapy pingpong &
amnesia, < ..... /> who in humorless protest overturned only one symbolic
pingpong table, ..... sting briefly in catatonia,
returning years later truly bald except for a wig of
..... blood, and tears and fingers, to the visible mad
man doom of the w ..... ds of the madtowns of the
East,
Pilgrim State's Rockland's and Grey ..... tone's foetid
halls, bickering with the echoes of the soul, rock-
..... ing and rolling in the midnight solitude-bench
dolmen-realms of love, dream ..... of life a night-
mare, bodies turned to stone as heavy as the
..... moon,
with mother finally ******, and the last fantastic book
flung ..... tenement window, and the last
door closed at 4. A.M. and the last telephone
nished room emptied ..... wn to the last piece of
mental furniture, a yellow paper rose twisted
..... on a wire hanger in the closet, and even that
imaginary, nothing but a ..... ul little bit of
hallucination
ah, Carl, while you are not safe I a ..... ot safe, and
now you're really in the total animal soup of
t ..... ime
and who therefore ran through the icy streets obsessed
with a s ..... ash of the alchemy of the use
of the ellipse the catalog the meter & the vibrat- ..... /> ing plane,
who dreamt and made incarnate gaps in Time & Space
..... through images juxtaposed, and trapped the
archangel of the soul betw ..... een 2 visual images
and joined the elemental verbs and set the noun
..... and dash of consciousness together jumping
with sensation of Pater Omnip ..... ens Aeterna
Deus
to recreate the syntax and measure of poor human < ..... prose and stand before you speechless and intel-
ligent and shaking ..... with shame, rejected yet con-
fessing out the soul to conform to the rhythm
of thought in his naked and endless head,
the madman bum and angel beat ..... in Time, unknown,
yet putting down here what might be left to say
..... in time come after death,
and rose reincarnate in the ghostly clothes of jazz in
the goldhorn shadow of the band and blew the
suffering of America ..... 's naked mind for love into
an eli eli lamma lamma sabacthani saxophone
..... cry that shivered the cities down to the last radio
with the absolute heart o ..... the poem of life butchered
out of their own bodies good to eat a thousand
..... years.

II

What sphinx of cement and al ..... minum bashed open
their skulls and ate up their brains and imagi-
..... nation?
Moloch! Solitude! Filth! Ugliness! Ashcans and unob
t ..... Children screaming under the
stairways! Boys sobbing in armies! Old men
..... weeping in the parks!
Moloch! Moloch! Nightmare of Moloch! Moloch the
..... loveless! Mental Moloch! Moloch the heavy
judger of men!
M ..... rehensible prison! Moloch the
crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of
sorrows! Moloch whose buildings are judgment!
Moloch the vast sto ..... e of war! Moloch the stun-
ned governments!
Moloch whose mind is pu ..... machinery! Moloch whose
blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers
..... are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a canni-
bal dynamo! Moloch who ..... a smoking
tomb!
Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Moloch whose skyscrapers stand in the long
streets like endless ..... vahs! Moloch whose fac-
tories dream and croak in the fog! Moloch whose
..... smokestacks and antennae crown the cities!
Moloch whose love is endless oil an ..... d stone! Moloch
whose soul is electricity and banks! Moloch
..... whose poverty is the specter of genius! Moloch
whose fate is a cloud of sexless ..... hydrogen!
Moloch whose name is the Mind!
Moloch in whom I sit lonel ..... Moloch in whom I dream
Angels! Crazy in Moloch! Cocksucker in
..... och! Lacklove and manless in Moloch!
Moloch who entered my soul early! Moloch in whom < ..... br /> I am a consciousness without a body! Moloch
who frightened me ..... of my natural ecstasy!
Moloch whom I abandon! Wake up in Moloch!
..... Light streaming out of the sky!
Moloch! Moloch! Robot apartments! invisible suburb ..... s!
skeleton treasuries! blind capitals! demonic
industries! ..... ctral nations! invincible mad
houses! granite cocks! monstrous bombs!
..... They broke their backs lifting Moloch to Heaven! Pave-
ments, trees, radios, ..... ns! lifting the city to
Heaven which exists and is everywhere about
..... us!
Visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstasies!
gone do ..... he American river!
Dreams! adorations! illuminations! religions! the whole
..... boatload of sensitive bullshit!
Breakthroughs! over the river! flips and crucifixi ..... ns!
gone down the flood! Highs! Epiphanies! De-
spairs! Ten ..... animal screams and suicides!
Minds! New loves! Mad generation! down on
..... the rocks of Time!
Real holy laughter in the river! They saw it all! the
They jumped off the ..... to solitude! waving!
carrying flowers! Down to the river! into the
..... street!

III

Carl Solomon! I'm with you i ..... n Rockland
where you're madder than I am
I'm with you in Rockland < ..... r /> where you must feel very strange
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where you imitate the shade of my mother
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where you've murdered your twelve secretaries
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where you laugh at this invisible humor
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where we are great writers on the same dreadful
typewriter
I'm w ..... ith you in Rockland
where your condition has become serious and
..... is reported on the radio
I'm with you in Rockland
where the fac ..... of the skull no longer admit
the worms of the senses
I'm with you ..... n Rockland
where you drink the tea of the breasts of the
spi ..... ers of Utica
I'm with you in Rockland
where you pun on the bodies o ..... your nurses the
harpies of the Bronx
I'm with you in Rockland
losing the game o ..... e actual pingpong of the
abyss
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where you bang on the catatonic piano the soul
is innocent and immortal ..... it should never die
ungodly in an armed madhouse
I'm with you in Ro ..... ckland
where fifty more shocks will never return your
soul t ..... gain from its pilgrimage to a
cross in the void
I'm with you in Roc .....
where you accuse your doctors of insanity and
plot the Hebr ..... ialist revolution against the
fascist national Golgotha
I'm with yo ..... Rockland
where you will split the heavens of Long Island
an ..... r living human Jesus from the
superhuman tomb
I'm with you in Rockl ..... nd
where there are twenty-five-thousand mad com-
rades all t ..... er singing the final stanzas of the Internationale
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where we hug and kiss the United States under
our bedsheets the United Stat ..... that coughs all
night and won't let us sleep
I'm with you in Rockl ..... d
where we wake up electrified out of the coma
by our own so ..... s' airplanes roaring over the
roof they've come to drop angelic bombs the
..... hospital illuminates itself imaginary walls col-
lapse O skinny leg ..... run outside O starry
spangled shock of mercy the eternal war is
..... here O victory forget your underwear we're
free
I'm with you in ..... Rockland
in my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-
journey .....
archangel of the soul between 2 visual images
and joined the ..... WL

For Carl Solomon

I
madness, starving hysteric ..... al naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn
loo ..... or an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly
..... connection to the starry dynamo in the machin-
ery of night,
who ..... poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat
up smoking in the supernatural ..... s of
cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities
con ..... mplating jazz,
who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and
sa ..... an angels staggering on tene-
ment roofs illuminated,
who passed th ..... sities with radiant cool eyes
hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy
who were expelled from the academies for crazy & < ..... br /> publishing obscene odes on the windows of the
skull,
..... who cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear, burn-
ing their money in wastebask ..... ts and listening
to the Terror through the wall,
who got busted in ..... ubic beards returning through
Laredo with a belt of marijuana for New York,
Paradise Alley, death, or ..... purgatoried their
torsos night after night
with dreams, with drugs, ..... h waking nightmares, al-
cohol and cock and endless balls,
incompar ..... reets of shuddering cloud and
lightning in the mind leaping toward poles of
Canada & Paterson, illuminating all the mo-
tionless world of Tim ..... e between,
Peyote solidities of halls, backyard green tree cemetery
..... runkenness over the rooftops,
storefront boroughs of teahead joyride neon
..... blinking traffic light, sun and moon and tree
vibrations in the ro ..... ing winter dusks of Brook-
lyn, ashcan rantings and kind king light of mind,
who chained themselves to subways for the endless
ride from Battery to ..... holy Bronx on benzedrine
until the noise of wheels and children brought
..... them down shuddering mouth-wracked and
battered bleak of brain all d ..... ned of brilliance
in the drear light of Zoo,
who sank all night in ..... submarine light of Bickford's
floated out and sat through the stale beer after < ..... noon in desolate Fugazzi's, listening to the crack
of doom on the h ..... ogen jukebox,
who talked continuously seventy hours from park to
pa ..... levue to museum to the Brook-
lyn Bridge,
lost battalion of platoni ..... onversationalists jumping
down the stoops off fire escapes off windowsills
off Empire State out of the moon,
yacketayakking screaming vomiting whis ..... pering facts
and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks
an ..... cks of hospitals and jails and wars,
whole intellects disgorged in total recall for sev ..... days
and nights with brilliant eyes, meat for the
Synagogue ..... st on the pavement,
who vanished into nowhere Zen New Jersey leaving a
..... trail of ambiguous picture postcards of Atlantic
City Hall,
suffe ..... ats and Tangerian bone-grind-
ings and migraines of China under junk-with-
drawal in Newark's bleak furnished room,
who wandered around and around ..... midnight in the
railroad yard wondering where to go, and went,
..... leaving no broken hearts,
who lit cigarettes in boxcars boxcars boxcars racketing < ..... /> through snow toward lonesome farms in grand-
father night,
athy and bop kabbalah ..... use the cosmos in-
stinctively vibrated at their feet in Kansas,
wh ..... loned it through the streets of Idaho seeking vis-
ionary indian angels who wer ..... e visionary indian
angels,
who thought they were only mad when Balt ..... imore
gleamed in supernatural ecstasy,
who jumped in limousines wit ..... the Chinaman of Okla-
homa on the impulse of winter midnight street
..... light smalltown rain,
who lounged hungry and lonesome through Houston
..... seeking jazz or sex or soup, and followed the
brilliant Spaniard to convers ..... e about America
and Eternity, a hopeless task, and so took ship
..... to Africa,
who disappeared into the volcanoes of Mexico leaving
b ..... g but the shadow of dungarees
and the lava and ash of poetry scattered in fire < ..... br /> place Chicago,
who reappeared on the West Coast investigating the F.B.I. in beards and shorts with big pacifist
eyes sexy in the ..... dark skin passing out incom-
prehensible leaflets,
who burned ciga ..... oles in their arms protesting
the narcotic tobacco haze of Capitalism,
..... who distributed Supercommunist pamphlets in Union
Square weeping and undressing ..... while the sirens
of Los Alamos wailed them down, and wailed
..... the Staten Island ferry also
wailed,
who broke down crying in whit ..... gymnasiums naked
and trembling before the machinery of other
..... skeletons,
who bit detectives in the neck and shrieked with delight
..... in policecars for committing no crime but their
own wild cooking pederasty and ..... toxication,
who howled on their knees in the subway and were
dragge ..... oof waving genitals and manu-
scripts,
who let themselves be fucked ..... e ass by saintly
motorcyclists, and screamed with joy,
who blew and ..... lown by those human seraphim,
the sailors, caresses of Atlantic and Caribbean love,
who balled in the morning in the evenings in rose
..... gardens and the grass of public parks and
cemeteries scattering their sem ..... en freely to
whomever come who may,
who hiccuped endlessly trying t ..... giggle but wound up
with a sob behind a partition in a Turkish Bath
..... when the blond & naked angel came to pierce
them with a sword,
..... who lost their loveboys to the three old shrews of fate
the one eyed shrew of ..... he heterosexual dollar
the one eyed shrew that winks out of the womb
..... and the one eyed shrew that does nothing but
sit on her ass and snip th ..... e intellectual golden
threads of the craftsman's loom,
who copulate ..... nd insatiate with a bottle of
beer a sweetheart a package of cigarettes a can- < ..... dle and fell off the bed, and continued along
the floor and down the ..... hall and ended fainting
on the wall with a vision of ultimate cunt and
..... come eluding the last gyzym of consciousness,
who sweetened the snatches of a mil ..... girls trembling
in the sunset, and were red eyed in the morning
..... but prepared to sweeten the snatch of the sun
rise, flashing buttocks under ..... barns and naked
in the lake,
who went out whoring through Colorado ..... in myriad
stolen night-cars, N.C., secret hero of these
poem ..... sman and Adonis of Denver-joy
to the memory of his innumerable lays of girls
in empty lots & diner backyards, moviehouses'
rickety rows, on ..... mountaintops in caves or with
gaunt waitresses in familiar roadside lonely pet- .....
ticoat upliftings & especially secret gas-station
solipsisms ..... of johns, & hometown alleys too,
who faded out in vast sordid movies, were shifted in ..... /> dreams, woke on a sudden Manhattan, and
picked themselves up out ..... ments hung
over with heartless Tokay and horrors of Third
Av ..... reams & stumbled to unemploy-
ment offices,
who walked all night wi ..... their shoes full of blood on
the snowbank docks waiting for a door in the
and opium,
..... who created great suicidal dramas on the apartment
cliff-banks of the Hudson und ..... er the wartime
blue floodlight of the moon & their heads shall
..... be crowned with laurel in oblivion,
who ate the lamb stew of the imagination or digest ..... d
the crab at the muddy bottom of the rivers of
Bowery,
pushcarts full of onion ..... bad music,
who sat in boxes breathing in the darkness under the
bri ..... e up to build harpsichords in
their lofts,
who coughed on the sixth ..... floor of Harlem crowned
with flame under the tubercular sky surrounded
..... by orange crates of theology,
who scribbled all night rocking and rolling over l ..... ofty
incantations which in the yellow morning were
stanzas o ..... gibberish,
who cooked rotten animals lung heart feet tail borsht
& ..... reaming of the pure vegetable
kingdom,
who plunged themselves under ..... meat trucks looking for
an egg,
who threw their watches off the roo ..... cast their ballot
for Eternity outside of Time, & alarm clocks
..... fell on their heads every day for the next decade,
who cut their wrists three times su ..... ssively unsuccess-
fully, gave up and were forced to open antique
..... stores where they thought they were growing
old and cried,
who ..... were burned alive in their innocent flannel suits
on Madison Avenue amid blasts ..... of leaden verse
& the tanked-up clatter of the iron regiments
..... of fashion & the nitroglycerine shrieks of the
fairies of advertising & the mu ..... gas of sinis-
ter intelligent editors, or were run down by the
..... runken taxicabs of Absolute Reality,
who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge this actually h .....
pened and walked away unknown and forgotten
into the ghostl ..... daze of Chinatown soup alley
ways & firetrucks, not even one free beer,
..... who sang out of their windows in despair, fell out of
the subway window, jum ..... n the filthy Pas-
saic, leaped on negroes, cried all over the street,
..... danced on broken wineglasses barefoot smashed
phonograph records of nostalg ..... ic European
1930s German jazz finished the whiskey and
threw ..... into the bloody toilet, moans
in their ears and the blast of colossal steam
whistles,
who barreled down the highways of the past journeying
..... to each other's hotrod-Golgotha jail-solitude
watch or Birmingham jazz inca ..... on,
who drove crosscountry seventytwo hours to find out
if I had a ..... or you had a vision or he had
a vision to find out Eternity,
who jo ..... nver, who died in Denver, who
came back to Denver & waited in vain, who
..... watched over Denver & brooded & loned in
Denver and finally went awa ..... y to find out the
Time, & now Denver is lonesome for her heroes,
wh ..... fell on their knees in hopeless cathedrals praying
for each other's salvation an ..... d light and breasts,
until the soul illuminated its hair for a second,
..... who crashed through their minds in jail waiting for
impossible criminals with ..... golden heads and the
charm of reality in their hearts who sang sweet
..... blues to Alcatraz,
who retired to Mexico to cultivate a habit, or Rocky
..... Mount to tender Buddha or Tangiers to boys
or Southern Pacific to th ..... e black locomotive or
Harvard to Narcissus to Woodlawn to the
..... sychain or grave,
who demanded sanity trials accusing the radio of hyp
..... notism & were left with their insanity & their
hands & a hung jury,
..... ho threw potato salad at CCNY lecturers on Dadaism
and subsequently presented th ..... emselves on the
granite steps of the madhouse with shaven heads
..... and harlequin speech of suicide, demanding in-
stantaneous lobotomy,
..... and who were given instead the concrete void of insulin
Metrazol electricity ..... y psycho-
therapy occupational therapy pingpong &
amnesia, < ..... /> who in humorless protest overturned only one symbolic
pingpong table, ..... sting briefly in catatonia,
returning years later truly bald except for a wig of
..... blood, and tears and fingers, to the visible mad
man doom of the w ..... ds of the madtowns of the
East,
Pilgrim State's Rockland's and Grey ..... tone's foetid
halls, bickering with the echoes of the soul, rock-
..... ing and rolling in the midnight solitude-bench
dolmen-realms of love, dream ..... of life a night-
mare, bodies turned to stone as heavy as the
..... moon,
with mother finally ******, and the last fantastic book
flung ..... tenement window, and the last
door closed at 4. A.M. and the last telephone
nished room emptied ..... wn to the last piece of
mental furniture, a yellow paper rose twisted
..... on a wire hanger in the closet, and even that
imaginary, nothing but a ..... ul little bit of
hallucination
ah, Carl, while you are not safe I a ..... ot safe, and
now you're really in the total animal soup of
t ..... ime
and who therefore ran through the icy streets obsessed
with a s ..... ash of the alchemy of the use
of the ellipse the catalog the meter & the vibrat- ..... /> ing plane,
who dreamt and made incarnate gaps in Time & Space
..... through images juxtaposed, and trapped the
archangel of the soul betw ..... een 2 visual images
and joined the elemental verbs and set the noun
..... and dash of consciousness together jumping
with sensation of Pater Omnip ..... ens Aeterna
Deus
to recreate the syntax and measure of poor human < ..... prose and stand before you speechless and intel-
ligent and shaking ..... with shame, rejected yet con-
fessing out the soul to conform to the rhythm
of thought in his naked and endless head,
the madman bum and angel beat ..... in Time, unknown,
yet putting down here what might be left to say
..... in time come after death,
and rose reincarnate in the ghostly clothes of jazz in
the goldhorn shadow of the band and blew the
suffering of America ..... 's naked mind for love into
an eli eli lamma lamma sabacthani saxophone
..... cry that shivered the cities down to the last radio
with the absolute heart o ..... the poem of life butchered
out of their own bodies good to eat a thousand
..... years.

II

What sphinx of cement and al ..... minum bashed open
their skulls and ate up their brains and imagi-
..... nation?
Moloch! Solitude! Filth! Ugliness! Ashcans and unob
t ..... Children screaming under the
stairways! Boys sobbing in armies! Old men
..... weeping in the parks!
Moloch! Moloch! Nightmare of Moloch! Moloch the
..... loveless! Mental Moloch! Moloch the heavy
judger of men!
M ..... rehensible prison! Moloch the
crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of
sorrows! Moloch whose buildings are judgment!
Moloch the vast sto ..... e of war! Moloch the stun-
ned governments!
Moloch whose mind is pu ..... machinery! Moloch whose
blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers
..... are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a canni-
bal dynamo! Moloch who ..... a smoking
tomb!
Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Moloch whose skyscrapers stand in the long
streets like endless ..... vahs! Moloch whose fac-
tories dream and croak in the fog! Moloch whose
..... smokestacks and antennae crown the cities!
Moloch whose love is endless oil an ..... d stone! Moloch
whose soul is electricity and banks! Moloch
..... whose poverty is the specter of genius! Moloch
whose fate is a cloud of sexless ..... hydrogen!
Moloch whose name is the Mind!
Moloch in whom I sit lonel ..... Moloch in whom I dream
Angels! Crazy in Moloch! Cocksucker in
..... och! Lacklove and manless in Moloch!
Moloch who entered my soul early! Moloch in whom < ..... br /> I am a consciousness without a body! Moloch
who frightened me ..... of my natural ecstasy!
Moloch whom I abandon! Wake up in Moloch!
..... Light streaming out of the sky!
Moloch! Moloch! Robot apartments! invisible suburb ..... s!
skeleton treasuries! blind capitals! demonic
industries! ..... ctral nations! invincible mad
houses! granite cocks! monstrous bombs!
..... They broke their backs lifting Moloch to Heaven! Pave-
ments, trees, radios, ..... ns! lifting the city to
Heaven which exists and is everywhere about
..... us!
Visions! omens! hallucinations! miracles! ecstasies!
gone do ..... he American river!
Dreams! adorations! illuminations! religions! the whole
..... boatload of sensitive bullshit!
Breakthroughs! over the river! flips and crucifixi ..... ns!
gone down the flood! Highs! Epiphanies! De-
spairs! Ten ..... animal screams and suicides!
Minds! New loves! Mad generation! down on
..... the rocks of Time!
Real holy laughter in the river! They saw it all! the
They jumped off the ..... to solitude! waving!
carrying flowers! Down to the river! into the
..... street!

III

Carl Solomon! I'm with you i ..... n Rockland
where you're madder than I am
I'm with you in Rockland < ..... r /> where you must feel very strange
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where you imitate the shade of my mother
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where you've murdered your twelve secretaries
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where you laugh at this invisible humor
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where we are great writers on the same dreadful
typewriter
I'm w ..... ith you in Rockland
where your condition has become serious and
..... is reported on the radio
I'm with you in Rockland
where the fac ..... of the skull no longer admit
the worms of the senses
I'm with you ..... n Rockland
where you drink the tea of the breasts of the
spi ..... ers of Utica
I'm with you in Rockland
where you pun on the bodies o ..... your nurses the
harpies of the Bronx
I'm with you in Rockland
losing the game o ..... e actual pingpong of the
abyss
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where you bang on the catatonic piano the soul
is innocent and immortal ..... it should never die
ungodly in an armed madhouse
I'm with you in Ro ..... ckland
where fifty more shocks will never return your
soul t ..... gain from its pilgrimage to a
cross in the void
I'm with you in Roc .....
where you accuse your doctors of insanity and
plot the Hebr ..... ialist revolution against the
fascist national Golgotha
I'm with yo ..... Rockland
where you will split the heavens of Long Island
an ..... r living human Jesus from the
superhuman tomb
I'm with you in Rockl ..... nd
where there are twenty-five-thousand mad com-
rades all t ..... er singing the final stanzas of the Internationale
I'm with you in Rockland
..... where we hug and kiss the United States under
our bedsheets the United Stat ..... that coughs all
night and won't let us sleep
I'm with you in Rockl ..... d
where we wake up electrified out of the coma
by our own so ..... s' airplanes roaring over the
roof they've come to drop angelic bombs the
..... hospital illuminates itself imaginary walls col-
lapse O skinny leg ..... run outside O starry
spangled shock of mercy the eternal war is
..... here O victory forget your underwear we're
free
I'm with you in ..... Rockland
in my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-
journey
I am a fish of the sky! by Steve Martin

I am a fish of the sky!
a cloud of the sea!
blue is to fish,
as sky is to me....
I See the Boys of Summer by Dylan Thomas

I

I see the boys of summer in their ruin
Lay the gold tithings barren,
Setting no store by harvest, freeze the soils;
There in their heat the winter floods
Of frozen loves they fetch their girls,
And drown the cargoed apples in their tides.

The...
I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman


I sing the body electric,
The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,
..... y will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge the ..... full with the charge of the
soul.

Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bo ..... ies conceal
themselves?
And if those who defile the living are as bad as they who defile t .....
dead?
And if the body does not do fully as much as the soul?
And if the body were no ..... the soul, what is the soul?

2
The love of the body of man or woman balks account, t ..... e body itself
balks account,
That of the male is perfect, and that of the female is perfec ..... .

The expression of the face
balks account,
But the expression of a well-made m ..... an appears not only in his
face,It is in his limbs and joints also, it is curiously in the join ..... ts of
his hips and wrists,
It is in his walk, the carriage of his neck, the flex of his wa ..... ist
and knees, dress does not hide him,
The strong sweet quality he has strikes through th ..... e cotton and
broadcloth,
To see him pass conveys as much as the best poem, perhaps more,You linger to see his back, and the back of his neck and
shoulder-side.

The spraw ..... nd fulness of babes, the bosoms and heads of women, the
folds of their dress, their style as we ..... ass in the street, the
contour of their shape downwards,
The swimmer naked in the swimming ..... ath, seen as he swims through
the transparent green-shine, or lies with his face up and rollssilently to and from the heave of the water,
The bending forward and backward of rowers in r ..... oats, the
horse-man in his saddle,
Girls, mothers, house-keepers, in all their performance ..... s,
The group of laborers seated at noon-time with their open
dinner-kettles, and their wiv ..... es waiting,
The female soothing a child, the farmer's daughter in the garden or
cow-yard,< ..... />The young fellow hosing corn, the sleigh-driver driving his six
horses through the crowd,
The wrestle of wrestlers, two apprentice-boys, quite grown, lusty,
good-natured, native-born ..... , out on the vacant lot at sundown
after work,
The coats and caps thrown down, the embrace ..... love and resistance,
The upper-hold and under-hold, the hair rumpled over and blinding
the ..... s;
The march of firemen in their own costumes, the play of masculine
muscle through clean- ..... ng trowsers and waist-straps,
The slow return from the fire, the pause when the bell strikes
suddenly again, and the listening on the alert,
The natural, perfect, varied attitudes, the b ..... nt head, the curv'd
neck and the counting;
Such-like I love- I loosen myself, pass freely, ..... at the mother's
breast with the little child,
Swim with the swimmers, wrestle with wrestl ..... rs, march in line with
the firemen, and pause, listen, count.

3
I knew a man, a ..... common farmer, the father of five sons,
And in them the fathers of sons, and in them the fathe ..... s of sons.This man was a wonderful vigor, calmness, beauty of person,
The shape of his head, th ..... e pale yellow and white of his hair and
beard, the immeasurable meaning of his black eyes, the ..... chness
and breadth of his manners,
These I used to go and visit him to see, he was wise al ..... so,
He was six feet tall, he was over eighty years old, his sons were
massive, clean, bear ..... , tan-faced, handsome,
They and his daughters loved him, all who saw him loved him,
They d ..... id not love him by allowance, they loved him with personal
love,
He drank water only, the ..... d show'd like scarlet through the
clear-brown skin of his face,
He was a frequent gunner a ..... nd fisher, he sail'd his boat himself, he
had a fine one presented to him by a ship-joiner, he ..... d
fowling-pieces presented to him by men that loved him,
When he went with his five sons a ..... nd many grand-sons to hunt or fish,
you would pick him out as the most beautiful and vigorous o ..... f
the gang,
You would wish long and long to be with him, you would wish to sit
by him ..... in the boat that you and he might touch each other.

4
I have perceiv'd that to be wi ..... th those I like is enough,
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,
To be su ..... rounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is
enough,
To pass among them or ..... ouch any one, or rest my arm ever so lightly
round his or her neck for a moment, what is this t ..... hen?
I do not ask any more delight, I swim in it as in a sea.

There is something in ..... staying close to men and women and looking
on them, and in the contact and odor of them, that p ..... leases
the soul well,
All things please the soul, but these please the soul well.

This is the female form,
A divine nimbus exhales from it from head to foot,
It attrac ..... with fierce undeniable attraction,
I am drawn by its breath as if I were no more than a helples ..... vapor,
all falls aside but myself and it,
Books, art, religion, time, the visible and sol ..... id earth, and what
was expected of heaven or fear'd of hell, are now consumed,

Mad f ..... ilaments, ungovernable shoots play out of it, the response
likewise ungovernable,
Hair, bo ..... m, hips, bend of legs, negligent falling hands all
diffused, mine too diffused,
Ebb stung ..... by the flow and flow stung by the ebb, love-flesh swelling
and deliciously aching,
Limitle ..... ss limpid jets of love hot and enormous, quivering jelly of
love, white-blow and delirious nice ..... ,
Bridegroom night of love working surely and softly into the
prostrate dawn,
Undulat ..... ng into the willing and yielding day,
Lost in the cleave of the clasping and sweet-flesh'd day. ..... />
This the nucleus- after the child is born of woman, man is born of
woman,
This th ..... e bath of birth, this the merge of small and large, and the
outlet again.

Be not ash ..... amed women, your privilege encloses the rest, and is the
exit of the rest,
You are the gat ..... s of the body, and you are the gates of the soul.

The female contains all qualities and t ..... pers them,
She is in her place and moves with perfect balance,
She is all things duly veil ..... 'd, she is both passive and active,
She is to conceive daughters as well as sons, and sons as w ..... ell as
daughters.

As I see my soul reflected in Nature,
As I see through a mist ..... , One with inexpressible completeness,
sanity, beauty,
See the bent head and arms folded o ..... r the breast, the Female I see.

6
The male is not less the soul nor more, he too is ..... in his place,
He too is all qualities, he is action and power,
The flush of the known univ ..... in him,
Scorn becomes him well, and appetite and defiance become him well,
The wildest la ..... rgest passions, bliss that is utmost, sorrow that is
utmost become him well, pride is for him,< ..... full-spread pride of man is calming and excellent to the soul,
Knowledge becomes him, he likes ..... it always, he brings every thing to
the test of himself,

Whatever the survey, whate ..... ver the sea and the sail he strikes
soundings at last only here,
(Where else does he strik ..... soundings except here?)

The man's body is sacred and the woman's body is sacred,
No ..... matter who it is, it is sacred- is it the meanest one in the
laborers' gang?
Is it one of ..... the dull-faced immigrants just landed on the wharf?
Each belongs here or anywhere just as much ..... the well-off, just as
much as you,
Each has his or her place in the procession.

The universe is a procession with measured and perfect motion.)

Do ..... ou know so much yourself that you call the meanest ignorant?
Do you suppose you have a right to ..... a good sight, and he or she has
no right to a sight?
Do you think matter has cohered toge ..... ther from its diffuse float, and
the soil is on the surface, and water runs and vegetation
For you only, and not for him and her?

7
A man's body at auction,
..... or before the war I often go to the slave-mart and watch the
sale,)
I help the auctioneer, ..... the sloven does not half know his business.

Gentlemen look on this wonder,
Whatever ..... the bids of the bidders they cannot be high enough for it,
For it the globe lay preparing quint ..... llions of years without one
animal or plant,
For it the revolving cycles truly and steadil ..... y roll'd.

In this head the all-baffling brain,
In it and below it the makings of her ..... es.

Examine these limbs, red, black, or white, they are cunning in
tendon and nerve, .....
They shall be stript that you may see them.

Exquisite senses, life-lit eyes, pluck, ..... ion,
Flakes of breast-muscle, pliant backbone and neck, flesh not flabby,
good-sized arms ..... nd legs,
And wonders within there yet.

Within there runs blood,
The same old bl ..... ood! the same red-running blood!
There swells and jets a heart, there all passions, desires,
reachings, aspirations,
(Do you think they are not there because they are not express'd inparlors and lecture-rooms?)

This is not only one man, this the father of those who sh ..... ll be
fathers in their turns,
In him the start of populous states and rich republics,
enjoyments.

How do you know w ..... ho shall come from the offspring of his offspring
through the centuries?
(Who might you fi ..... nd you have come from yourself, if you could trace
back through the centuries?)

8
A woman's body at auction,
She too is not only herself, she is the teeming mother of mothers ..... br />She is the bearer of them that shall grow and be mates to the
mothers.

Have you ..... ever loved the body of a woman?
Have you ever loved the body of a man?
Do you not see that ..... these are exactly the same to all in all nations
and times all over the earth?

If a ..... ny thing is sacred the human body is sacred,
And the glory and sweet of a man is the token of m ..... anhood untainted,
And in man or woman a clean, strong, firm-fibred body, is more
beautiful ..... than the most beautiful face.

Have you seen the fool that corrupted his own live body? o ..... r the fool
that corrupted her own live body?
For they do not conceal themselves, and canno ..... conceal themselves.

9
O my body! I dare not desert the likes of you in other men an .....
women, nor the likes of the parts of you,
I believe the likes of you are to stand or fall ..... ith the likes of
the soul, (and that they are the soul,)

I believe the likes of you ..... ll stand or fall with my poems, and
that they are my poems,
Man's, woman's, child, youth's ..... wife's, husband's, mother's,
father's, young man's, young woman's poems,
Head, neck, hair ..... ears, drop and tympan of the ears,
Eyes, eye-fringes, iris of the eye, eyebrows, and the wakin ..... g or
sleeping of the lids,
Mouth, tongue, lips, teeth, roof of the mouth, jaws, and the
jaw-hinges,
Nose, nostrils of the nose, and the partition,
Cheeks, temples, forehead, ch ..... n, throat, back of the neck,
neck-slue,
Strong shoulders, manly beard, scapula, hind-shoul ..... ders, and the
ample side-round of the chest,
Upper-arm, armpit, elbow-socket, lower-arm, a ..... m-sinews, arm-bones,
Wrist and wrist-joints, hand, palm, knuckles, thumb, forefinger,
fing ..... er-joints, finger-nails,
Broad breast-front, curling hair of the breast, breast-bone,
brea ..... st-side,
Ribs, belly, backbone, joints of the backbone,
Hips, hip-sockets, hip-strength, i ..... ward and outward round,
man-balls, man-root,
Strong set of thighs, well carrying the trunk ..... above,
Leg-fibres, knee, knee-pan, upper-leg, under-leg,
Ankles, instep, foot-ball, toes, ..... toe-joints, the heel;
All attitudes, all the shapeliness, all the belongings of my or your
body or of any one's body, male or female,
The lung-sponges, the stomach-sac, the bowels swee ..... and clean,
The brain in its folds inside the skull-frame,
Sympathies, heart-valves, palat ..... -valves, sexuality, maternity,
Womanhood, and all that is a woman, and the man that comes from< ..... />woman,
The womb, the teats, nipples, breast-milk, tears, laughter, weeping,
love-looks, ..... rbations and risings,
The voice, articulation, language, whispering, shouting aloud,
Food, ..... pulse, digestion, sweat, sleep, walking, swimming,
Poise on the hips, leaping, reclining, embr ..... rm-curving and
tightening,
The continual changes of the flex of the mouth, and around the ..... yes,
The skin, the sunburnt shade, freckles, hair,
The curious sympathy one feels when fee ..... ling with the hand the naked
meat of the body,
The circling rivers the breath, and breathi ..... it in and out,

The beauty of the waist, and thence of the hips, and thence downward
The thin red jellies within you or within me, the bones and the
marrow i ..... he bones,
The exquisite realization of health;
O I say these are not the parts and poems o ..... y were not the soul, what is the soul?

2
The love of the body of man or woman balks a .....
I sing the body electric,
The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,
..... y will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge the ..... full with the charge of the
soul.

Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bo ..... ies conceal
themselves?
And if those who defile the living are as bad as they who defile t .....
dead?
And if the body does not do fully as much as the soul?
And if the body were no ..... the soul, what is the soul?

2
The love of the body of man or woman balks account, t ..... e body itself
balks account,
That of the male is perfect, and that of the female is perfec ..... .

The expression of the face
balks account,
But the expression of a well-made m ..... an appears not only in his
face,It is in his limbs and joints also, it is curiously in the join ..... ts of
his hips and wrists,
It is in his walk, the carriage of his neck, the flex of his wa ..... ist
and knees, dress does not hide him,
The strong sweet quality he has strikes through th ..... e cotton and
broadcloth,
To see him pass conveys as much as the best poem, perhaps more,You linger to see his back, and the back of his neck and
shoulder-side.

The spraw ..... nd fulness of babes, the bosoms and heads of women, the
folds of their dress, their style as we ..... ass in the street, the
contour of their shape downwards,
The swimmer naked in the swimming ..... ath, seen as he swims through
the transparent green-shine, or lies with his face up and rollssilently to and from the heave of the water,
The bending forward and backward of rowers in r ..... oats, the
horse-man in his saddle,
Girls, mothers, house-keepers, in all their performance ..... s,
The group of laborers seated at noon-time with their open
dinner-kettles, and their wiv ..... es waiting,
The female soothing a child, the farmer's daughter in the garden or
cow-yard,< ..... />The young fellow hosing corn, the sleigh-driver driving his six
horses through the crowd,
The wrestle of wrestlers, two apprentice-boys, quite grown, lusty,
good-natured, native-born ..... , out on the vacant lot at sundown
after work,
The coats and caps thrown down, the embrace ..... love and resistance,
The upper-hold and under-hold, the hair rumpled over and blinding
the ..... s;
The march of firemen in their own costumes, the play of masculine
muscle through clean- ..... ng trowsers and waist-straps,
The slow return from the fire, the pause when the bell strikes
suddenly again, and the listening on the alert,
The natural, perfect, varied attitudes, the b ..... nt head, the curv'd
neck and the counting;
Such-like I love- I loosen myself, pass freely, ..... at the mother's
breast with the little child,
Swim with the swimmers, wrestle with wrestl ..... rs, march in line with
the firemen, and pause, listen, count.

3
I knew a man, a ..... common farmer, the father of five sons,
And in them the fathers of sons, and in them the fathe ..... s of sons.This man was a wonderful vigor, calmness, beauty of person,
The shape of his head, th ..... e pale yellow and white of his hair and
beard, the immeasurable meaning of his black eyes, the ..... chness
and breadth of his manners,
These I used to go and visit him to see, he was wise al ..... so,
He was six feet tall, he was over eighty years old, his sons were
massive, clean, bear ..... , tan-faced, handsome,
They and his daughters loved him, all who saw him loved him,
They d ..... id not love him by allowance, they loved him with personal
love,
He drank water only, the ..... d show'd like scarlet through the
clear-brown skin of his face,
He was a frequent gunner a ..... nd fisher, he sail'd his boat himself, he
had a fine one presented to him by a ship-joiner, he ..... d
fowling-pieces presented to him by men that loved him,
When he went with his five sons a ..... nd many grand-sons to hunt or fish,
you would pick him out as the most beautiful and vigorous o ..... f
the gang,
You would wish long and long to be with him, you would wish to sit
by him ..... in the boat that you and he might touch each other.

4
I have perceiv'd that to be wi ..... th those I like is enough,
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,
To be su ..... rounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is
enough,
To pass among them or ..... ouch any one, or rest my arm ever so lightly
round his or her neck for a moment, what is this t ..... hen?
I do not ask any more delight, I swim in it as in a sea.

There is something in ..... staying close to men and women and looking
on them, and in the contact and odor of them, that p ..... leases
the soul well,
All things please the soul, but these please the soul well.

This is the female form,
A divine nimbus exhales from it from head to foot,
It attrac ..... with fierce undeniable attraction,
I am drawn by its breath as if I were no more than a helples ..... vapor,
all falls aside but myself and it,
Books, art, religion, time, the visible and sol ..... id earth, and what
was expected of heaven or fear'd of hell, are now consumed,

Mad f ..... ilaments, ungovernable shoots play out of it, the response
likewise ungovernable,
Hair, bo ..... m, hips, bend of legs, negligent falling hands all
diffused, mine too diffused,
Ebb stung ..... by the flow and flow stung by the ebb, love-flesh swelling
and deliciously aching,
Limitle ..... ss limpid jets of love hot and enormous, quivering jelly of
love, white-blow and delirious nice ..... ,
Bridegroom night of love working surely and softly into the
prostrate dawn,
Undulat ..... ng into the willing and yielding day,
Lost in the cleave of the clasping and sweet-flesh'd day. ..... />
This the nucleus- after the child is born of woman, man is born of
woman,
This th ..... e bath of birth, this the merge of small and large, and the
outlet again.

Be not ash ..... amed women, your privilege encloses the rest, and is the
exit of the rest,
You are the gat ..... s of the body, and you are the gates of the soul.

The female contains all qualities and t ..... pers them,
She is in her place and moves with perfect balance,
She is all things duly veil ..... 'd, she is both passive and active,
She is to conceive daughters as well as sons, and sons as w ..... ell as
daughters.

As I see my soul reflected in Nature,
As I see through a mist ..... , One with inexpressible completeness,
sanity, beauty,
See the bent head and arms folded o ..... r the breast, the Female I see.

6
The male is not less the soul nor more, he too is ..... in his place,
He too is all qualities, he is action and power,
The flush of the known univ ..... in him,
Scorn becomes him well, and appetite and defiance become him well,
The wildest la ..... rgest passions, bliss that is utmost, sorrow that is
utmost become him well, pride is for him,< ..... full-spread pride of man is calming and excellent to the soul,
Knowledge becomes him, he likes ..... it always, he brings every thing to
the test of himself,

Whatever the survey, whate ..... ver the sea and the sail he strikes
soundings at last only here,
(Where else does he strik ..... soundings except here?)

The man's body is sacred and the woman's body is sacred,
No ..... matter who it is, it is sacred- is it the meanest one in the
laborers' gang?
Is it one of ..... the dull-faced immigrants just landed on the wharf?
Each belongs here or anywhere just as much ..... the well-off, just as
much as you,
Each has his or her place in the procession.

The universe is a procession with measured and perfect motion.)

Do ..... ou know so much yourself that you call the meanest ignorant?
Do you suppose you have a right to ..... a good sight, and he or she has
no right to a sight?
Do you think matter has cohered toge ..... ther from its diffuse float, and
the soil is on the surface, and water runs and vegetation
For you only, and not for him and her?

7
A man's body at auction,
..... or before the war I often go to the slave-mart and watch the
sale,)
I help the auctioneer, ..... the sloven does not half know his business.

Gentlemen look on this wonder,
Whatever ..... the bids of the bidders they cannot be high enough for it,
For it the globe lay preparing quint ..... llions of years without one
animal or plant,
For it the revolving cycles truly and steadil ..... y roll'd.

In this head the all-baffling brain,
In it and below it the makings of her ..... es.

Examine these limbs, red, black, or white, they are cunning in
tendon and nerve, .....
They shall be stript that you may see them.

Exquisite senses, life-lit eyes, pluck, ..... ion,
Flakes of breast-muscle, pliant backbone and neck, flesh not flabby,
good-sized arms ..... nd legs,
And wonders within there yet.

Within there runs blood,
The same old bl ..... ood! the same red-running blood!
There swells and jets a heart, there all passions, desires,
reachings, aspirations,
(Do you think they are not there because they are not express'd inparlors and lecture-rooms?)

This is not only one man, this the father of those who sh ..... ll be
fathers in their turns,
In him the start of populous states and rich republics,
enjoyments.

How do you know w ..... ho shall come from the offspring of his offspring
through the centuries?
(Who might you fi ..... nd you have come from yourself, if you could trace
back through the centuries?)

8
A woman's body at auction,
She too is not only herself, she is the teeming mother of mothers ..... br />She is the bearer of them that shall grow and be mates to the
mothers.

Have you ..... ever loved the body of a woman?
Have you ever loved the body of a man?
Do you not see that ..... these are exactly the same to all in all nations
and times all over the earth?

If a ..... ny thing is sacred the human body is sacred,
And the glory and sweet of a man is the token of m ..... anhood untainted,
And in man or woman a clean, strong, firm-fibred body, is more
beautiful ..... than the most beautiful face.

Have you seen the fool that corrupted his own live body? o ..... r the fool
that corrupted her own live body?
For they do not conceal themselves, and canno ..... conceal themselves.

9
O my body! I dare not desert the likes of you in other men an .....
women, nor the likes of the parts of you,
I believe the likes of you are to stand or fall ..... ith the likes of
the soul, (and that they are the soul,)

I believe the likes of you ..... ll stand or fall with my poems, and
that they are my poems,
Man's, woman's, child, youth's ..... wife's, husband's, mother's,
father's, young man's, young woman's poems,
Head, neck, hair ..... ears, drop and tympan of the ears,
Eyes, eye-fringes, iris of the eye, eyebrows, and the wakin ..... g or
sleeping of the lids,
Mouth, tongue, lips, teeth, roof of the mouth, jaws, and the
jaw-hinges,
Nose, nostrils of the nose, and the partition,
Cheeks, temples, forehead, ch ..... n, throat, back of the neck,
neck-slue,
Strong shoulders, manly beard, scapula, hind-shoul ..... ders, and the
ample side-round of the chest,
Upper-arm, armpit, elbow-socket, lower-arm, a ..... m-sinews, arm-bones,
Wrist and wrist-joints, hand, palm, knuckles, thumb, forefinger,
fing ..... er-joints, finger-nails,
Broad breast-front, curling hair of the breast, breast-bone,
brea ..... st-side,
Ribs, belly, backbone, joints of the backbone,
Hips, hip-sockets, hip-strength, i ..... ward and outward round,
man-balls, man-root,
Strong set of thighs, well carrying the trunk ..... above,
Leg-fibres, knee, knee-pan, upper-leg, under-leg,
Ankles, instep, foot-ball, toes, ..... toe-joints, the heel;
All attitudes, all the shapeliness, all the belongings of my or your
body or of any one's body, male or female,
The lung-sponges, the stomach-sac, the bowels swee ..... and clean,
The brain in its folds inside the skull-frame,
Sympathies, heart-valves, palat ..... -valves, sexuality, maternity,
Womanhood, and all that is a woman, and the man that comes from< ..... />woman,
The womb, the teats, nipples, breast-milk, tears, laughter, weeping,
love-looks, ..... rbations and risings,
The voice, articulation, language, whispering, shouting aloud,
Food, ..... pulse, digestion, sweat, sleep, walking, swimming,
Poise on the hips, leaping, reclining, embr ..... rm-curving and
tightening,
The continual changes of the flex of the mouth, and around the ..... yes,
The skin, the sunburnt shade, freckles, hair,
The curious sympathy one feels when fee ..... ling with the hand the naked
meat of the body,
The circling rivers the breath, and breathi ..... it in and out,

The beauty of the waist, and thence of the hips, and thence downward
The thin red jellies within you or within me, the bones and the
marrow i ..... he bones,
The exquisite realization of health;
O I say these are not the parts and poems o
In Dillan's Grove by Steve Martin aka John Lillison

In Dillan's Grove my love did die,
and now in ground shall ever lie.
None could ever repla ..... In Dillan's Grove my love did die,
and now in ground shall ever lie.
None could ever repla
Invictus by William Ernest Henley

ut of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever god ..... may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have ..... nced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed. < ..... r />
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And ye ..... he menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how stra ..... t the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I ..... ut of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever god ..... may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have ..... nced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed. < ..... r />
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And ye ..... he menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how stra ..... t the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I
it-tuffula by thaabit

rbrook: long removed from Framingham and Charlotte land
Was the place of my upbring, with a big ..... nd a sandbox.
Among the elms, oaks, sycamores; peach, cherry, apple, pear, and pecan trees,
Broken Arrow, as the Seminoles t ..... ght us, was a home
In Oklahoma, where the red man roams, and the snow doesn't come
But thr ..... es yearly, if we were lucky, which always resulted in a pother1.
There I lived with ..... my widowed mother, my older sister, and my not-so-baby brother.
Summers in the heat and humidit ..... -don't walk barefoot on asphalt!
Riding bikes through the trails, jumping and flipping and cras ..... g,
Playing soccer in the big field and Indian Springs, sucking on honeysuckle
Building a f ..... , getting evicted, and building anew, and, oh yeah, school.

1. confused or fidgety flurry ..... rbrook: long removed from Framingham and Charlotte land
Was the place of my upbring, with a big ..... nd a sandbox.
Among the elms, oaks, sycamores; peach, cherry, apple, pear, and pecan trees,
Broken Arrow, as the Seminoles t ..... ght us, was a home
In Oklahoma, where the red man roams, and the snow doesn't come
But thr ..... es yearly, if we were lucky, which always resulted in a pother1.
There I lived with ..... my widowed mother, my older sister, and my not-so-baby brother.
Summers in the heat and humidit ..... -don't walk barefoot on asphalt!
Riding bikes through the trails, jumping and flipping and cras ..... g,
Playing soccer in the big field and Indian Springs, sucking on honeysuckle
Building a f ..... , getting evicted, and building anew, and, oh yeah, school.

1. confused or fidgety flurry
Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wade;
All mimsy were ..... e borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The ..... ious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome fo ..... he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree.
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came wiffli ..... ng through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And th ..... rough and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its ..... head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
..... Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in hi ..... y.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
..... 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wade;
All mimsy were ..... e borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The ..... ious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome fo ..... he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree.
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came wiffli ..... ng through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And th ..... rough and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its ..... head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
..... Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in hi ..... y.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ra .....
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fer ..... ile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with si ..... nuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient a ..... the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh! that deep romantic chasm whic ..... slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted .....
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And ..... from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were bre ..... athing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail:
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five m ..... es meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached ..... averns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And 'mid this tumult Ku ..... a heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and th ..... caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!
A da ..... msel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her du ..... lcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and ..... song,
To such a deep delight 'twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would b ..... uild that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see t ..... hem there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
..... ave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew ha ..... In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ra .....
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fer ..... ile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with si ..... nuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient a ..... the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh! that deep romantic chasm whic ..... slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted .....
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And ..... from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were bre ..... athing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail:
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five m ..... es meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached ..... averns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And 'mid this tumult Ku ..... a heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and th ..... caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!
A da ..... msel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her du ..... lcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and ..... song,
To such a deep delight 'twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would b ..... uild that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see t ..... hem there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
..... ave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew ha
LANGUAGES by Carl Sandburg

THERE are no handles upon a language
Whereby men take hold of it
And mark it with signs fo ..... its remembrance.
It is a river, this language,
Once in a thousand years
Breaking a ne ..... w course
Changing its way to the ocean.
It is mountain effluvia
Moving to valleys
And from nation to nation
Crossing borders and mixing.
Languages die like rivers.
W ..... ds wrapped round your tongue today
And broken to shape of thought
Between your teeth and l ..... ps speaking
Now and today
Shall be faded hieroglyphics
Ten thousand years from now.Sing--and singing--remember
Your song dies and changes
And is not here to-morrow
A ..... THERE are no handles upon a language
Whereby men take hold of it
And mark it with signs fo ..... its remembrance.
It is a river, this language,
Once in a thousand years
Breaking a ne ..... w course
Changing its way to the ocean.
It is mountain effluvia
Moving to valleys
And from nation to nation
Crossing borders and mixing.
Languages die like rivers.
W ..... ds wrapped round your tongue today
And broken to shape of thought
Between your teeth and l ..... ps speaking
Now and today
Shall be faded hieroglyphics
Ten thousand years from now.Sing--and singing--remember
Your song dies and changes
And is not here to-morrow
A
Love is no eagle by Carol Lynn Pearson

ove is no eagle,
Strong
Amid the heights.
It is an egg.
A fertile, fragile
..... sibility.
Hold it close
Within your wing,
Beneath your breast.

Perhaps in ..... aven
Love can live
Self-nourished,
Free.
But in this world
Where mountains ..... ove is no eagle,
Strong
Amid the heights.
It is an egg.
A fertile, fragile
..... sibility.
Hold it close
Within your wing,
Beneath your breast.

Perhaps in ..... aven
Love can live
Self-nourished,
Free.
But in this world
Where mountains
My Fairy by Lewis Carroll

have a fairy by my side
Which says I must not sleep,
When once in pain I loudly cried
If, full of mirth, I smile and grin,
It says "You must not lau ..... h"
When once I wished to drink some gin
It said "You must not quaff".

When once ..... meal I wished to taste
It said "You must not bite"
When to the wars I went in haste
..... It said "You must not fight".

"What may I do?" at length I cried,
Tired of the painf ..... ul task.
The fairy quietly replied,
And said "You must not ask".

Moral: "You mu ..... have a fairy by my side
Which says I must not sleep,
When once in pain I loudly cried
If, full of mirth, I smile and grin,
It says "You must not lau ..... h"
When once I wished to drink some gin
It said "You must not quaff".

When once ..... meal I wished to taste
It said "You must not bite"
When to the wars I went in haste
..... It said "You must not fight".

"What may I do?" at length I cried,
Tired of the painf ..... ul task.
The fairy quietly replied,
And said "You must not ask".

Moral: "You mu
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But ..... only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down ..... Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But ..... only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down
Phantom by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

All look and likeness caught from earth
All accident of kin and birth,
Had pass'd away. ..... here was no trace
Of aught on that illumined face,
Uprais'd beneath the rifted stone
But of one spirit all her own ;--
She, she herself, and only she,
Shone through her bo ..... All look and likeness caught from earth
All accident of kin and birth,
Had pass'd away. ..... here was no trace
Of aught on that illumined face,
Uprais'd beneath the rifted stone
But of one spirit all her own ;--
She, she herself, and only she,
Shone through her bo
Pink Pigs by Ron Havens

ne bright day I stopped to think,
And thought I saw, quick as a wink,
Two pigs that were t ..... pinkest pink.
So startled was I, I twice did blink,
For never was I on the brink
Of ..... such a sight where eyes could drink
In such a scene, as thought did link,
Within my brain ..... rds like "zinc",
And other words like, "clink" and "slink",
And "kink" and "rink" and even ..... "fink",
That rhyme with pink, and sound like "stink".
And with my brain on fire a dink,I thought of how I'd by a mink,
Coat, of course, once pen met ink,
For my wife who I b ..... think,
Is quite the star who twinkle-twinks,
And thought to give to her a trink,
But ..... en my heart began to sink,
As I saw just what a nink-
Com-poop I was as glasses fell,
And thought I saw, quick as a wink,
Two pigs that were t ..... pinkest pink.
So startled was I, I twice did blink,
For never was I on the brink
Of ..... such a sight where eyes could drink
In such a scene, as thought did link,
Within my brain ..... rds like "zinc",
And other words like, "clink" and "slink",
And "kink" and "rink" and even ..... "fink",
That rhyme with pink, and sound like "stink".
And with my brain on fire a dink,I thought of how I'd by a mink,
Coat, of course, once pen met ink,
For my wife who I b ..... think,
Is quite the star who twinkle-twinks,
And thought to give to her a trink,
But ..... en my heart began to sink,
As I saw just what a nink-
Com-poop I was as glasses fell,
Pointy Birds by Steve Martin aka John Lillison

Pointy birds,
oh pointy pointy.
Anoint my head
anointy 'nointy... ...
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