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Dream Song 133: As he grew famousâ€"ah, but what is fame?

As he grew famous—ah, but what is fame? —
He lost his old obsession with his name,
Things seemed to matter less,
Including the fame—a television team came
From another country to make a film of him
Which did not him distress:

He enjoyed the hard work & he was good at that,
So they all said—the charming Englishman
Among the camera & the lights
Mathematically wandered in his pub & livingroom
Doing their duty, as too he did it,
But where are the delights

Of long-for fame, unless fame makes him feel easy?
I am cold & weary, said Henry, fame makes me feel lazy,
Yet i must do my best.
It doesn’t matter, truly. It doesn’t matter truly.
It seems to be solely a matter of continuing Henry
Voicing & obsessed.

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Poem Dream Song 133: As he grew famousâ€"ah, but what is fame? - John Berryman