"Brain, shake out thy water, dog-like." -- Ron Padgett

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Harryette Mullen: Sleeping with the Dictionary

Muse & Drudge [just as I am I come]
by Harryette Mullen

just as I am I come
knee bent and body bowed
this here's sorrow's home
my body's southern song

cram all you can
into jelly jam
preserve a feeling
keep it sweet

so beautiful it was
presumptuous to alter
the shape of my pleasure
in doing or making

proceed with abandon
finding yourself where you are
and who you're playing for
what stray companion

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