“Guys like us” - A Found Poem

May 23, 2009
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“Someday…we’re gonna have
(Steinbeck 15)
A little house...ten acres
(Steinbeck 15)
A cow and some pigs
(Steinbeck 15)
A vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch”
(Steinbeck 16)
“A little win’mill… a little shack… a chicken run
(Steinbeck 62)
Could build a smoke house like the one gran’pa had”
(Steinbeck 62)

“We could live offa the fatta the lan’ ”
(Steinbeck 63)



Lennie wants rabbits
(Steinbeck 17)

“Different color [ones]… furry ones”
(Steinbeck 17)

“Like the kind…seen in the fair in Sacramento”
(Steinbeck 18)

“Red and blue and green rabbits…millions of ‘em”
(Steinbeck 17)




“We’d jus’ live there…we’d belong there”
(Steinbeck 63)
“No more runnin’ round the country
(Steinbeck 63)

We’d have our own place where we belonged”
(Steinbeck 63)

“We’re gonna do it
(Steinbeck 76)
Gonna get a little place
(Steinbeck 76)
An’ live on the fatta the lan’”
(Steinbeck 76)


“There’s something…wrong in a world
(Hansberry 135)
Where dreams…depend on the death of a man”



The spell was broken
(Steinbeck 76)

[Reality] awakened again
(Steinbeck 76)

Maybe way back in my head
(Steinbeck 76)
I knowed from the very first
(Steinbeck 76)
[that]we’d never do her
(Steinbeck 76)
“He usta like to hear about it so much
(Steinbeck 76)
I got to thinking maybe we would”
(Steinbeck 76)

In the end
(Hansberry 134)

“Nobody get no land”
(Steinbeck 76)
“It’s just in their head”
(Steinbeck 76)
“Guys like us”
(Steinbeck 76)
“[got] nothing in this world.”
(Hansberry30)





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