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Constantly Risking Absurdity
( / Bronxville, New York)

Constantly Risking Absurdity

Poem By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
above the heads
of his audience
the poet like an acrobat
climbs on rime
to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
above a sea of faces
paces his way
to the other side of the day
performing entrachats
and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
and all without mistaking
any thing
for what it may not be
For he's the super realist
who must perforce perceive
taut truth
before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
with gravity
to start her death-defying leap
And he
a little charleychaplin man
who may or may not catch
her fair eternal form
spreadeagled in the empty air
of existence

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Comments (14)

This is one of the best poems period, humor with depth of imagination and skill
This poem makes me think of Plato who decided to kick out the poet out of his Republic for the poet, according to him, makes things up which are not good for his perfect state. But he errs in this for if he had read the Bible he would have seen the God himself is a poet.
The poet " a little charlychaplin man who may or may not catch her fair eternal form spreadeagled in the empty air of existence" Amazing role played by a poet in pursuit of beauty fabulously elaborated. Well deserved modern poem of the Day.
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