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Dream Song 58: Industrious, affable, having brain on fire

Industrious, affable, having brain on fire,
Henry perplexed himself; others gave up;
Good girls gave in;
Geography was hard on friendship, Sire;
Marriages lashed & languished, anguished; dearth of group
And what else had been;

The splendour & the lose grew all the same,
Sire. His heart stiffened, and he failed to smile,
Catching (enfit) on.
The law: we must, owing to chiefly shame
Lacing our pride, down what we did. A mile,
A mile to Avalon.

Stuffy & lazy, shaky, making roar
Overseas presses, he quit wondering:
The mystery is full.
Sire, damp me down. Me feudal O, me yore
(male Muse) serf, if anyfing;
Which rank I pull.

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Poem Dream Song 58: Industrious, affable, having brain on fire - John Berryman