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studies in memory vi: wild strawberries

September 3, 2013
By migwam ELITE, Tumwater, Washington
migwam ELITE, Tumwater, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." --Marcus Aurelius


that was the day we discovered
the american dream
in bleeding baskets and wild laughter and chickweed,
tattooed it on ourselves
and repeated it again and again
in hysterical undertones,
falsettos,
growls, howls, and hurrahs
rolled it around in our mouths until it fermented and took pictures
with santa claus
in your mothers's garden for posterity's sake
up late and f***ed up
up early laughing
throwing things in a blender and telling
stories of how we lost those parts of ourselves
that seem now like
only stories
and we will not grow up
and we will not get married
and we will not have houses
and we will not bear children
and we will not be successful
and we will not make money
and we will not be right
and we will not belong
and we will sit on your kitchen floor dizzy giddy with youth
quoting the twitchy cultures of wildmen before us
happily absorbing the smoky white sunlight
not willing to do
the growing up it would take
to sober up
or even lose the dream.



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Mckay ELITE said...
on Oct. 1 2013 at 5:48 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

This has BEATS written all over it. In particular, it reminds me of Ginsberg with "A Supermarket in California". I love the repeating lines of "and well will not..." The emotion mixes well with the swinging rhythm of the poem. Living the American Dream, Amen, friend.