Alfred Kreymborg

(1883-1966 / United States)

Overheard In An Asylum - Poem by Alfred Kreymborg

And here we have another case,
quite different from the last,
another case quite different --

Baby, drink.
The war is over.
Mother's breasts
are round with milk.

Baby, rest.
The war is over.
Only pigs
slop over so.

Baby, sleep.
The war is over.
Daddy's come
with a German coin.

Baby, dream.
The war is over.
You'll be a soldier

We gave her the doll --
Now there we have another case,
quite different from --

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 22, 2010

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