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Dream Song 116: Through the forest, followed, Henry made his silky way

John Berryman

Through the forest, followed, Henry     made his silky way,
No chickadee was troubled, small moss smiled 
on his swift passage.
But there were those ahead when at midday
they met in a clearing and lookt at each other awhile.
To kill was not the message.

He only could go with them—odds? 20 to one-and-a-half;
pointless. Besides, palaver with the High Chief
might advance THE CAUSE.
Undoubtedly down they sat and they did talk
and one did balk & stuck but one did stalk
a creation of new laws.

He smoked the pipe of peace—the sceen? tepees,
wigwams, papooses, buffalo hides, a high fire—
with everyone,
even that abnormally scrubbed & powerful one,
shivering with power, held together with wires,
his worst enemy.

Added: 5 Aug 2002 | Last Read: 14 Dec 2018 10:46 AM | Viewed: 5106 times

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