[lit-ideas] Berryman's superiority

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Lit-Ideas" <Lit-Ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2006 15:08:22 -0700



Berryman's superiority


Berryman could abandon his

Then find one younger 

Than the one before

Delirium Tremens 

And the shadow standing

In the dark watching

His disintegration.


But I in my own

Incorrigibility retain

A longing for just this

Particular one though she

Grows older before me

And the shadow watching

Isn't watching me.


He could hide or admit

Himself into detox

But I must clear-eyed see

Her slipping, her brown eyes

That once sent my heart 

Racing dull while I

Stand in the dark watching.

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