Eilis

Eilis

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About Me

The Ball (John Berryman)

What is the boy now, who has lost his ball.
What, what is he to do? I saw it go
Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then
Merrily over—there it is in the water!
No use to say 'O there are other balls':
An ultimate shaking grief fixes the boy
As he stands rigid, trembling, staring down
All his young days into the harbour where
His ball went. I would not intrude on him,
A dime, another ball, is worthless. Now
He senses first responsibility
In a world of possessions. People will take balls,
Balls will be lost always, little boy,
And no one buys a ball back. Money is external.
He is learning, well behind his desperate eyes,
The epistemology of loss, how to stand up
Knowing what every man must one day know
And most know many days, how to stand up
And gradually light returns to the street,
A whistle blows, the ball is out of sight.
Soon part of me will explore the deep and dark
Floor of the harbour . . I am everywhere,
I suffer and move, my mind and my heart move
With all that move me, under the water
Or whistling, I am not a little boy.


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Posted 10 Months Ago


FYI I haven't got notifications and my library function isn't working:(

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Posted 11 Months Ago


Glad to know if someone likes what I post. I try to inspire myself to write something different. I was just reading this book while waiting for my kids to get out of piano lessons and thought this was the best poem I’d read in a bit. Just caught my mood. You (I) always hope someone else will connect. So, glad you did.

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Posted 11 Months Ago


never read this before and it was wonderful, I totally understand, you have a great eye. ear , all your poems on the comments page seem to set the scene, and my search page has never looked so random, thanks for all the great reads,

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Posted 12 Months Ago


love your new picture:)