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John Berryman - Dream Song 101: A shallow lake, with many waterbirds

A shallow lake, with many waterbirds,
especially egrets: I was showing Mother around,
An extraordinary vivid dream
of Betty & Douglass, and Don—his mother's estate
was on the grounds of a lunatic asylum.
He showed me around.

A policeman trundled a siren up the walk.
It was 6:05 p.m., Don was late home.
I askt if he ever saw
the inmates—'No, they never leave their cells.'
Betty was downstairs, Don called down 'A drink'
while showering.

I can't go into the meaning of the dream
except to say a sense of total Loss
afflicted me therof:
an absolute disappearance of continuity & love
and children away at school, the weight of the cross,
and everything is what it seems.

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Poet: John Berryman
Poem: 101. Dream Song 101: A shallow lake, with many waterbirds
Volume: His Toy, His Dream, His Rest
Year: Published/Written in 1968
Poem of the Day: Jul 29 2004

Comment 1 of 1, added on December 21st, 2014 at 2:49 PM.
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