Saturday, 23 November 2013

Day 491: Hymn


Jack Kerouac is well-known for his poetic prose, but he dabbled in poetry too. Here is one of them, in his trademark ecstatic, enthusiastic style. 

Hymn - Jack Kerouac

And when you showed me the Brooklyn Bridge
   in the morning, 
      Ah God,

And the people slipping on ice in the street,
                    two different people
                    came over, goin to work,
                    so earnest and tryful,
                    clutching their pitiful
                    morning Daily News
                    slip on the ice & fall
                    both inside 5 minutes
                    and I cried I cried

That's when you taught me tears, Ah
   God in the morning,
      Ah Thee

And me leaning on the lampost wiping
                  nobody's know I'd cried
                  or woulda cared anyway
                  but O I saw my father
                  and my grandfather's mother
                  and the long lines of chairs
                  and tear-sitters and dead,
                  Ah me, I knew God You
                  had better plans than that

So whatever plan you have for me
Splitter of majesty
Make it short
Make it snappy
   bring me home to the Eternal Mother

At your service anyway,
   (and until)


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