Outside the leaves were falling and they cried Too soon! too soon!

Outside the leaves were falling and they cried Too soon! too soon!

On a concrete continent
spaced with bland billboards
the poet’s eye obscenely seeing
its surrealist landscape of
mindless prairies
supermarket suburbs
steamheated cemeteries
cinerama holy days
and protesting cathedrals
from Lost Angeles to Heaven
promising Free Elections

They writhe upon the page
drugged store cowboys and las vegas virgins
where the world rushes by
in a blather of asphault and delay
roads radiate into air
like the labyrinth wires
of a telephone central
and yet gobble up at last
to shrive out circus souls
the also imaginary
wafers of grace


 

To honor Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), I offer this poem of lines entirely stolen from A Coney Island of the Mind.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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9 Responses to Outside the leaves were falling and they cried Too soon! too soon!

  1. JeanMarie says:

    Lots of great lines here. Especially like “drugged store cowboys and las vegas virgins” – Good job reassembling them. And thanks for the link to read about him. He just died, 101 years old. Wow. Rest in Peace Sir.

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  2. Lisa Tomey says:

    I need to read that book. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. huntfortheverybest says:

    Love this book!

    Liked by 1 person

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