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John Berryman - Dream Song 42: O journeyer, deaf in the mould, insane

O journeyer, deaf in the mould, insane
with violent travel & death: consider me
in my cast, your first son.
Would you were I by now another one,
witted, legged? I see you before me plain
(I am skilled: I hear, I see)—

your honour was troubled: when you wondered—'No'.
I hear. I think I hear. Now full craze down
across our continent
all storms since you gave in, on my pup-tent.
I have of blast & counter to remercy you
for hurling me downtown.

We dream of honour, and we get along.
Fate winged me, in the person of a cab
and your stance on the sand.
Think it across, in freezing wind: withstand
my blistered wish: flop, there, to his blind song
who pick up the tab.

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Poet: John Berryman
Poem: 42. Dream Song 42: O journeyer, deaf in the mould, insane
Volume: 77 Dream Songs
Year: Published/Written in 1964
Poem of the Day: Dec 19 2007
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