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Allen Ginsberg - Making The Lion For All It's Got -- A Ballad

I came home and found a lion in my room...
[First draft of "The Lion for Real" CP 174-175]


A lion met America
in the road
they stared at each other
two figures on the crossroads in the desert.

America screamed
The lion roared
They leaped at each other
America desperate to win
Fighting with bombs, flamethrowers,
knives forks submarines.

The lion ate America, bit off her head
and loped off to the golden hills
that's all there is to say
about america except 
that now she's 
lionshit all over the desert.

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Poet: Allen Ginsberg
Poem: Making The Lion For All It's Got -- A Ballad
Volume: Journals Mid Fifties 1954-1958
Year: Published/Written in 1955
Poem of the Day: May 27 2003

Comment 1 of 1, added on April 22nd, 2007 at 2:42 PM.

I love this poem! The way the lion is meant to represent America's rival; the title that implies the rivals have nothing yet America stil lands up as lionshit! nice

Caila Botes from South Africa

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