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Allen Ginsberg - Five A.M.

Elan that lifts me above the clouds
into pure space, timeless, yea eternal
Breath transmuted into words
                Transmuted back to breath
        in one hundred two hundred years
nearly Immortal, Sappho's 26 centuries
of cadenced breathing -- beyond time, clocks, empires, bodies, cars,
chariots, rocket ships skyscrapers, Nation empires
brass walls, polished marble, Inca Artwork
of the mind -- but where's it come from?
Inspiration?  The muses drawing breath for you?  God?
Nah, don't believe it, you'll get entangled in Heaven or Hell --
Guilt power, that makes the heart beat wake all night
flooding mind with space, echoing through future cities, Megalopolis or
Cretan village, Zeus' birth cave Lassithi Plains -- Otsego County
        farmhouse, Kansas front porch?
Buddha's a help, promises ordinary mind no nirvana --
coffee, alcohol, cocaine, mushrooms, marijuana, laughing gas?
Nope, too heavy for this lightness lifts the brain into blue sky
at May dawn when birds start singing on East 12th street --
Where does it come from, where does it go forever?

                                                May 1996

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Five A.M. - Comments and Information

Poet: Allen Ginsberg
Poem: Five A.M.
Volume: Death & Fame: Last Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1996
Poem of the Day: Jan 22 2013

Comment 3 of 3, added on March 15th, 2012 at 12:22 AM.
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Eric Brill:Enjoy your delusions while you can. If you bvieele that lunacy, then I have beacfront property in Arizona to sell..

Amer from Canada
Comment 2 of 3, added on November 9th, 2006 at 10:24 PM.

Elan is one of my vocabulary words and I haven't yet thought or figured out how to use it. I was pleasantly surprised to see it start this poem. It seems to me Ginsberg had a good range of vocabulary.

shelley fruiterer from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on March 28th, 2005 at 10:05 AM.

he's asking from where does such a beautiful dawn appear. he rules out God. he's probably been up all night with insomnia and potent creativity.

crucialised from United Kingdom

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