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“First Cure”

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First Cure

For Allen Ginsberg’s Ghost

Morning I heard
You writing
Your epic Kaddish
All over again

At the
Kitchen table
In the pale
Night lamplight
In twin rainbows
Of ink
On onion
Skin parchment

Tear-stained webs
Of words
In linen
Blue pools
Line the
Skeleton casket
Of old
Lady past
Lining the
Thirsty crypts
Of a memory

Sans purpose
Yellow bones
Were you
Dear mother?”

Blinks twice
A blank unknown

Am I
Dear mother?”

Answers ash
Poet confronts
His own
Broken mirror

Like swords
Stained on paper
As the
First cure
On my
Ending journey back

by John Aiello

November 22, 2021

Written immediately after telephone conversation with Ginsberg biographer Michael Schumacher on Kaddish in manuscript.


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