The Contraband - Poem by Buck Mulligan
I dreamed I held a poem and knew
The capture of a living thing.
Boys in a Grecian circle sang
And women at their harvesting.
Slowly I tried to wake and draw
The vision after, word by word.
But sleep was covetous: the song
The singers and the singing blurred.
The paper flowers of everynight
All die. Day has no counterpart,
Where memory writes its boldface wish
And swiftly punishes the heart.
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