Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ted Berrigan

[The Jim Carroll Website]


Sleep half sleep half silence and with reasons
For you I starred in the movie
Made on the site
Of Benedict Arnold’s triumph, Ticonderoga, and
I shall increase from this
As I am a cowboy and you imaginary
Ripeness begins corrupting every tree
Each strong morning          A man signs a shovel
And so he digs        It hurts          and so
We get our feet wet in air           we love our lineage
Ourselves        Music, salve, pills, kleenex, lunch
And the promise never to truckle         A man
Breaks his arm and so he sleeps      he digs
In sleep half silence and with reason

[do you hear Heaney? who wrote which poem first? did either know the other?]

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