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Dream Song 118: He wondered: Do I love? all this applause

Dream Song 118: He wondered: Do I love? all this applause

He wondered: Do I love? all this applause,
Young beauties sitting at my feet & all,
And all.
It tires me out, he pondered: I’m tempted to break laws
And love myself, or the stupid questions asked me
Move me to homicide—

So many beauties, one on either side,
The wall’s behind me, into which I crawl
Out of my repeating voice—
The mike folds down, the foolish askers fall
Over theirselves in an audience of ashes
And Henry returns to rejoice

In dark & and still, and one sole beauty only
Who never walked near Henry while the mob
Was at him like a club:
She saw through things, she saw that he was lonely
And waited while he hid behind the wall
And all.



Poem Dream Song 118: He wondered: Do I love? all this applause - John Berryman