Sunday, July 19, 2015

Where Does It Go?

—Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

Elan that lifts me above the clouds
into pure space, timeless, yea eternal
Breath transmuted into words
Transmuted back to breath
in one hundred two hundred years
nearly Immortal, Sappho's 26 centuries
of cadenced breathing—beyond time, clocks, empires, bodies, cars,
chariots, rocket ships skyscrapers, Nation empires
brass walls, polished marble, Inca Artwork
of the mind—but where's it come from?
Inspiration? The muses drawing breath for you? God?
Nah, don't believe it, you'll get entangled in Heaven or Hell -
Guilt power, that makes the heart beat wake all night
flooding mind with space, echoing through future cities, Megalopolis or
Cretan village, Zeus' birth cave Lassithi Plains—Otsego County
farmhouse, Kansas front porch?
Buddha's a help, promises ordinary mind no nirvana—
coffee, alcohol, cocaine, mushrooms, marijuana, laughing gas?
Nope, too heavy for this lightness lifts the brain into blue sky
at May dawn when birds start singing on East 12th street—
Where does it come from, where does it go forever?  


—Medusa, suggesting you slide on over to the green box at the right of this and find the red Webilicious for Poetry Foundation's fine article about the letters between Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, "As Ever".

Also: Medusa has apparently stared at her computer the wrong way and turned it into stone; it made its final crash yesterday and will need replacing. So there may be no Medusa postings for a few days. We shall, however, return.

Saturday update: still sssssnoozing........... 

Medusa-snake, Lola, kicks back for some summer zzzz's
—Drawing by Sam the Snake Man