Jack Kerouac

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

In Vain - Poem by Jack Kerouac

The stars in the sky
In vain
The tragedy of Hamlet
In vain
The key in the lock
In vain
The sleeping mother
In vain
The lamp in the corner
In vain
The lamp in the corner unlit
In vain
Abraham Lincoln
In vain
The Aztec empire
In vain
The writing hand: in vain
(The shoetrees in the shoes
In vain
The windowshade string upon
the hand bible
In vain—
The glitter of the greenglass
In vain
The bear in the woods
In vain
The Life of Buddha
In vain)

Comments about In Vain by Jack Kerouac

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/22/2017 12:23:00 AM)

    The only thing I liked about this poem is it novel form. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/17/2017 7:38:00 PM)

    Extremely well read on video, making a great poem even better. (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2017 9:11:00 PM)

    A rhetorical poem that glows with its own brilliance but not 'in vain'.
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  • Mario Vitale (6/14/2017 4:34:00 PM)

    very nice piece here really deep in nature and freedom based (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/14/2017 10:54:00 AM)

    Vanity! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Saravanan Sivasubramanian (6/14/2017 2:48:00 AM)

    This poem may written by the poet when he was depression and full of negative thoughts. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/14/2017 2:40:00 AM)

    Everything is willed by God for the good.... (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2017 2:16:00 AM)

    Kerouac meets HP Lovecraft (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/3/2016 12:03:00 AM)

    But not everything is in vain......though we see them when our perspective is different. (Report) Reply

  • (11/29/2014 7:27:00 PM)

    This must've been written when he was going through one of his depressions. Anyone with depression knows everything seems to be in vain and bleakly hopeless. I think this is bit self indulgent for Jack and I'm pleased to be able to read what he was thinking at a dark time. It's as if he doesn't care whether or not someone else reads this. It's all for him all his own thoughts in writing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 4, 2012

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