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Cosmopolitan Greetings
(3 June 1926 – 5 April 1997 / Newark, New Jersey)

Cosmopolitan Greetings

Poem By Allen Ginsberg

Stand up against governments, against God.
Stay irresponsible.
Say only what we know & imagine.
Absolutes are Coercion.
Change is absolute.
Ordinary mind includes eternal perceptions.
Observe what’s vivid.
Notice what you notice.
Catch yourself thinking.
Vividness is self-selecting.
If we don’t show anyone, we’re free to write anything.
Remember the future.
Freedom costs little in the U.S.
Asvise only myself.
Don’t drink yourself to death.
Two molecules clanking us against each other require an observer to become
scientific data.
The measuring instrument determines the appearance of the phenomenal
world (after Einstein).
The universe is subjective..
Walt Whitman celebrated Person.
We are observer, measuring instrument, eye, subject, Person.
Universe is Person.
Inside skull is vast as outside skull.
What’s in between thoughts?
Mind is outer space.
What do we say to ourselves in bed at night, making no sound?
“First thought, best thought.”
Mind is shapely, Art is shapely.
Maximum information, minimum number of syllables.
Syntax condensed, sound is solid.
Intense fragments of spoken idiom, best.
Move with rhythm, roll with vowels.
Consonants around vowels make sense.
Savour vowels, appreciate consonants.
Subject is known by what she sees.
Others can measure their vision by what we see.
Candour ends paranoia.

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'Move with rhythm, roll with vowels. Consonants around vowels make sense. Savour vowels, appreciate consonants' - loved these lines!
Roll with vowels and, Remember the Future! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Change is absolute. Ordinary mind includes eternal perceptions. Observe what’s vivid. consciousness.. inspiration.. rebel. a fine poem. tony
Consonants around vowels make sense. Savour vowels, appreciate consonants. Nice poem
It's not any manifesto, it's the flash of consciousness. Written but no promises to keep its valid action. A flash of conscious. Such writings give us inspiration to speak as you feel, at least the moment you feel as a rebel. Good put by PH. Thanks.


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