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Posted on June 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Xavier looks down from the bridge.

John Berryman jumped from here,

He muses, noting the water, hearing

The sounds behind and below. Xavier

Looks up at the sky, sees birds, clouds.

Many reasons why some person might

Want to jump and die. Also many reasons

Not to. Xavier breathes in the air, it hits

His lungs, fresh, cool. Berryman and Henry

Were they the same? What’s in a name?

Xavier remembers reading Berryman’s

Poems, drinking in the words, the themes,

The humour, the haunting. Xavier lights up

A cigarette, walks on, seen the place, puts

In his book of experiences, things to do and

Places to see. Xavier remembers that night

In Paris, the church in the side street, that

Man crying in a pew, silently, hands covering

His face and that young woman sitting outside

The cafe with her leg crossed over the other

Revealing thighs to die for. Xavier looks back

At the bridge where Berryman jumped in 1972. 

What else to do? What else to see? Maybe,

Xavier muses, where Ezra Pound was held

Prisoner after WW2 in that cage in Pisa Italy.

Categories: Poetry & Lyric, Terry Collett

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