Friday, August 13, 2010

Poetry Friday: Song for Baby-O, Unborn

In my post last week about the 30 most influential books in my life, I mentioned that On the Road led to me to the rest of the Beats and influenced a large part of my high school angst.

I mentioned that, even now, "Song for Baby-O, Unborn" is still one of my favorite poems. So, I pulled my well-read and worn copy of The Portable Beat Reader off my shelf to share it with you.

Song for Baby-O, Unborn

Sweetheart
when you break thru
you'll find
a poet here
not quite what one would choose.

I won't promise
you'll never go hungry
or that you won't be sad
on this gutted
breaking
globe

but I can show you
baby
enough to love
to break your heart
forever

--Diane DiPrima

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2 comments:

Tabatha said...

Love it!

C.B. James said...

Likin' it. Is she a beat poet? I've never done On the Road but I do love Howl.