Donald Justice

(12 August 1925 - 6 August 2004 / Miami / Florida)

Counting The Mad - Poem by Donald Justice

This one was put in a jacket,
This one was sent home,
This one was given bread and meat
But would eat none,
And this one cried No No No No
All day long.


This one looked at the window
As though it were a wall,
This one saw things that were not there,
This one things that were,
And this one cried No No No No
All day long.


This one thought himself a bird,
This one a dog,
And this one thought himself a man,
An ordinary man,
And cried and cried No No No No
All day long.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010



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