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Allen Ginsberg - In Back Of The Real

railroad yard in San Jose 
     I wandered desolate 
in front of a tank factory 
     and sat on a bench 
near the switchman's shack. 

A flower lay on the hay on 
     the asphalt highway 
--the dread hay flower 
     I thought--It had a 
brittle black stem and 
     corolla of yellowish dirty 
spikes like Jesus' inchlong 
     crown, and a soiled 
dry center cotton tuft 
     like a used shaving brush 
that's been lying under 
     the garage for a year. 

Yellow, yellow flower, and 
     flower of industry, 
tough spiky ugly flower, 
     flower nonetheless, 
with the form of the great yellow 
     Rose in your brain! 
This is the flower of the World.  

                         San Jose, 1954

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Poet: Allen Ginsberg
Poem: In Back Of The Real
Volume: Howl and Other Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1954
Poem of the Day: Jun 21 2003

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Comment 4 of 5, added on May 16th, 2013 at 10:59 AM.
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This poem is very heart moving. It struck me how much little things can matter. I think that little things are very important. One little thing is eating and drinking in class. I will never do it again.

Cristian Romero from Germany
Comment 3 of 5, added on November 4th, 2008 at 5:28 PM.

I think the poem is saying that although the flower is ugly, it has to potential of being something beautiful. Although the world in not a beautiful place sometimes, it's still our world, and that's something beautiful in itself.

Kelley from United States

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