Wild Dreams Of A New Beginning Poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Wild Dreams Of A New Beginning

Rating: 3.4


There's a breathless hush on the freeway tonight
Beyond the ledges of concrete
restaurants fall into dreams
with candlelight couples
Lost Alexandria still burns
in a billion lightbulbs
Lives cross lives
idling at stoplights
Beyond the cloverleaf turnoffs
'Souls eat souls in the general emptiness'
A piano concerto comes out a kitchen window
A yogi speaks at Ojai
'It's all taking pace in one mind'
On the lawn among the trees
lovers are listening
for the master to tell them they are one
with the universe
Eyes smell flowers and become them
There's a deathless hush
on the freeway tonight
as a Pacific tidal wave a mile high
sweeps in
Los Angeles breathes its last gas
and sinks into the sea like the Titanic all lights lit
Nine minutes later Willa Cather's Nebraska
sinks with it
The sea comes over in Utah
Mormon tabernacles washed away like barnacles
Coyotes are confounded & swim nowhere
An orchestra onstage in Omaha
keeps on playing Handel's Water Music
Horns fill with water
ans bass players float away on their instruments
clutching them like lovers horizontal
Chicago's Loop becomes a rollercoaster
Skyscrapers filled like water glasses
Great Lakes mixed with Buddhist brine
Great Books watered down in Evanston
Milwaukee beer topped with sea foam
Beau Fleuve of Buffalo suddenly become salt
Manhatten Island swept clean in sixteen seconds
buried masts of Amsterdam arise
as the great wave sweeps on Eastward
to wash away over-age Camembert Europe
manhatta steaming in sea-vines
the washed land awakes again to wilderness
the only sound a vast thrumming of crickets
a cry of seabirds high over
in empty eternity
as the Hudson retakes its thickets
and Indians reclaim their canoes

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Goldy Locks 02 March 2007

Eyes smell flowers and become them/There's a deathless hush/on the freeway tonight........ | Glorious.

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Garwen Jackson 30 December 2007

Quite visual, skimmed along with the water across America, pulls you right in...

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Dr Antony Theodore 01 February 2020

Souls eat souls in the general emptiness' A piano concerto comes out a kitchen window A yogi speaks at Ojai 'It's all taking pace in one mind'. so many ideas. very fine poem. Antony

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Mahtab Bangalee 01 February 2020

Glorious days gone away for new days coming Glorious great all gone all for the new one beginning the day Dreams all gone away gone away far and far behind now new something coming strangely wildly to conquer all

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Carlos Echeverria 01 February 2020

And as oceans levels rise each and every moment... this poem hits home.

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Savita Tyagi 01 February 2020

Anyone who has read this poem and lives to see this doomsday would sure have this fascinating imagery going through his mind.

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Dominic Windram 01 February 2020

I love the poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In my view he manages to conjure up a fasinating vision of modern America!

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Edward Kofi Louis 01 February 2020

A new beginning! ! ! Musing along. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Bronxville, New York
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