Jack Kerouac

(12 March 1922 - 21 October 1969 / Lowell, Massachusetts)

Bus East - Poem by Jack Kerouac

Society has good intentions Bureaucracy is like a friend
5 years ago - other furies other losses -

America's
trying to control the uncontrollable Forest fires, Vice

The essential smile In the essential sleep Of the children Of the essential mind

I'm
all thru playing the American
Now I'm going to live a good quiet life

The
world should be built for foot walkers

Oily
rivers Of spiney Nevady

I
am Jake Cake
Rake
Write like Blake

The
horse is not pleased Sight of his
gorgeous finery
in the dust Its silken
nostrils
did disgust

Cats
arent kind Kiddies anent sweet

April
in Nevada - Investigating Dismal Cheyenne Where the war parties
In fields
of straw
Aimed over oxen At Indian Chiefs
In wild headdress Pouring thru
the gap
In Wyoming plain
To make the settlers
Eat more dust than dust
was eaten In the States From East at Seacoast Where wagons made up To dreadful
Plains
Of clazer vup

Saltry
settlers
Anxious to masturbate The Mongol Sea (I'm too tired in Cheyenne -
No sleep in 4 nights now, & 2 to go)


Comments about Bus East by Jack Kerouac

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/1/2017 1:32:00 PM)


    Such a great write by Jack, Kerouac👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

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  • (12/1/2017 6:36:00 AM)


    Bureaucracy is like a friend, five years ago what if it is not at present. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (12/1/2017 4:16:00 AM)


    Jack, has penned an eclectic write. Not terribly interesting even in a poetic sense. (Report) Reply

  • (12/1/2017 1:46:00 AM)


    I invite you to read my new poem 'The Truth' and thanks in advance:
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    (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (12/1/2017 1:33:00 AM)


    His poems always amaze me as does the folk who think hes still alive never mind he is a great spirit and his poems live on (Report) Reply

  • (12/1/2017 1:24:00 AM)


    Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming, a state of the western US and amid wars between Indians and American settlers became popularized by 1809 poem Gertrude of Wyoming, by Scottish author Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) , who seems to have had a vague or defective notion of Pennsylvania geography and this poem has been written out of incidents happened that time........very well crafted......thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (12/1/2017 12:38:00 AM)


    Most poets become famous in a short time afther their death. I wished they were famous during their life, but that does never occur. It is tragic for poets to be famous after they died. They do not know that anymore and they do not experience that anymore. However Jack Kerouac IS a good poet, writer and observer (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (12/1/2017 12:38:00 AM)


    His poems speaks straight to you, as the reader. To his family: CONGRATS with his poem BUS EAST as The Poem Of The DAY. I am so sorry for him after having read his entire biography notes here. He is a handsome looking poet. Saddest that he died at the age of 47. A TEN for all his emotions in this amazing poem. May he rest in Peace. Sincerely, Sylvia Frances Chan, Dutch poetess. (Report) Reply

  • (5/30/2014 10:05:00 AM)


    Nice work and keep it up (Report) Reply

  • (11/14/2012 7:06:00 PM)


    An Arresting development from Jack (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010



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