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John Berryman - Dream Song 135: I heard said 'Cats that walk by their wild lone'

I heard said 'Cats that walk by their wild lone'
but Henry had need of friends. They disappeared
Shall I follow my dream?
Clothes disappeared in a backward sliding, zones
shot into view, pocked, exact & weird:
who is what he seem?

I will tell you now a story about Speck:
after other cuts, he put the knife in her eye,
one of the eight: 
he was troubled, missionary: and Whitman 
of the tower murdered his wife & mother
before (mercy-killings) he set out.

Not every shot went in. But most went in:
in just over an hour
with the tumor thudding in his brain
he killed 13, hit 33:
his empty father said he taught him to respect guns
(not persons).

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Poet: John Berryman
Poem: 135. Dream Song 135: I heard said 'Cats that walk by their wild lone'
Volume: His Toy, His Dream, His Rest
Year: Published/Written in 1968
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