John Berryman: Dream Song 46

(John Berryman: Oct. 25, 1914-Jan. 7, 1972.
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I am, outside. Incredible panic rules.
People are blowing and beating each other without mercy.
Drinks are boiling. Iced
drinks are boiling. The worse anyone feels, the worse
treated he is. Fools elect fools.
A harmless man at an intersection said, under his breath: “Christ!”

                          –John Berryman, from The Dream Songs, 46

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