Maskt as honours, insult like behaving
missiles homes. I bow, & grunt ‘Thank you.
I’m glad you could come
so late.’ All loves are gratified. I’m having
to screw a little thing I have to screw.
Good nature is over.

Herewith ill-wishes. From a cozy grave
rainbow I scornful laughings. Do not do,
Father, me down.
Let’s shuck an obligation. O I have
done. Is the inner-coffin burning blue
or did Jehovah frown?

Jehovah. Period. Yahweh. Period. God.
It is marvellous that views so differay
(Father is a Jesuit)
can love so well each other. We was had.
O visit in my last tomb me.—Perché?
—Is a nice pit.

Analysis, meaning and summary of John Berryman's poem Dream Song 82: Op. posth. no. 5

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