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John Berryman - Dream Song 132: A Small Dream

A Small Dream
                         
It was only a small dream of the Golden World,
now you trot off to bed. I'll turn the machine off,
you've danced & trickt us enough.
Unintelligible whines & imprecations, hurled
from the second floor, fail to impress your mother
and I am the only other

and I say go to bed! We'll meet tomorrow,
acres of threats dissolve into a smile,
you'll be the Little Baby
again, while I pursue my path of sorrow
& bodies, bodies, to be carried a mile
& dropt. Maybe

if frozen slush will represent the soul
which is to represented in the hereafter
I ask for a decree
dooming my bitter enemies to laughter
advanced against them. If the dream was small
it was my dream also, Henry's.

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Poet: John Berryman
Poem: 132. Dream Song 132: A Small Dream
Volume: His Toy, His Dream, His Rest
Year: Published/Written in 1968
Poem of the Day: Aug 8 2007
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