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Dream Song 22: Of 1826

I am the little man who smokes & smokes.
I am the girl who does know better but.
I am the king of the pool.
I am so wise I had my mouth sewn shut.
I am a government official & a goddamned fool.
I am a lady who takes jokes.

I am the enemy of the mind.
I am the auto salesman and lóve you.
I am a teenage cancer, with a plan.
I am the blackt-out man.
I am the woman powerful as a zoo.
I am two eyes screwed to my set, whose blind—

It is the Fourth of July.
Collect: while the dying man,
Forgone by you creator, who forgives,
Is gasping ‘Thomas Jefferson still lives’
In vain, in vain, in vain.
I am Henry Pussy-cat! My whiskers fly.


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Poem Dream Song 22: Of 1826 - John Berryman