John Berryman

(25 October 1914 - 7 January 1972 / McAlester, Oklahoma)

Poems of John Berryman

If you see a poem only with title, it is listed that way because of copyright reasons.
1. Dream Song 1: Huffy Henry hid the day 1/13/2003
2. Dream Song 10: There were strange gatherings. A vote would come 1/13/2003
3. Dream Song 100: How this woman came by the courage 1/13/2003
4. Dream Song 101: A shallow lake, with many waterbirds 1/13/2003
5. Dream Song 102: The sunburnt terraces which swans make home 1/13/2003
6. Dream Song 103: I consider a song will be as humming-bird 1/13/2003
7. Dream Song 104: Welcome, grinned Henry, welcome, fifty-one! 1/13/2003
8. Dream Song 105: As a kid I believed in democracy: I 1/13/2003
9. Dream Song 106: 28 July 1/13/2003
10. Dream Song 107: Three 'coons come at his garbage. He be cross 1/13/2003
11. Dream Song 11: His mother goes. The mother comes & goes. 1/13/2003
12. Dream Song 110: It was the blue & plain ones. I forget all that 1/13/2003
13. Dream Song 111: I miss him. When I get back to camp 1/13/2003
14. Dream Song 112: My framework is broken, I am coming to an end 1/13/2003
15. Dream Song 113: or Amy Vladeck or Riva Freifeld 1/13/2003
16. Dream Song 114: Henry in trouble whirped out lonely whines 1/13/2003
17. Dream Song 115: Her properties, like her of course & frisky & new 1/13/2003
18. Dream Song 116: Through the forest, followed, Henry made his silky way 1/13/2003
19. Dream Song 117: Disturbed, when Henry's love returned with a hubby 1/13/2003
20. Dream Song 118: He wondered: Do I love? all this applause 1/13/2003

The Ball Poem

What is the boy now, who has lost his ball,
What, what is he to do? I saw it go
Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then
Merrily over--there it is in the water!
No use to say 'O there are other balls':
An ultimate shaking grief fixes the boy
As he stands rigid, trembling, staring down
All his young days into the harbour where
His ball went. I would not intrude on him,

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