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For/From Lew

Lew Welch just turned up one day,
Live as you and me. “Damn, Lew” I said,
“you didn’t shoot yourself after all.”
“Yes I did” he said,
And even then I felt the tingling down my back.
“Yes you did, too” I said-“I can feel it now.”
“Yeah” he said,
“There’s a basic fear between your world and
Mine. I don’t know why.
What I came to say was,
Teach the children about the cycles.
The life cycles. All other cycles.
That’s what it’s all about, and it’s all forgot.”

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Poem For/From Lew - Gary Snyder