I Am Waiting

I am waiting for my case to come up
and I am waiting
for a rebirth of wonder
and I am waiting

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti Click to read full poem

Comments (13)

I am waiting for Ferlinghetti to take his place between a Ferrari and a Ford.
a beautiful, a marvellous poem. It will stay in my mind in my forever.
This doesn't have the line about Elvis Presley and Billy Graham trading places. And I am seriously waiting for Elvis Presley and Billy Graham to exchange roles, seriously. It comes after waiting for a spiritual revival in Arizona and waiting for them to prove God is really an American.
The eternally idealistic reconfiguration of reality. How do we create utopia with a humanity who still carries the scent of the savagery, relatively fresh from the forests and savannas? Who is still more at home with a rock, a club, a missile than a bouquet of olive branches? Who still finds the need to stand up to savage injustice with a savage response? Who still confronts enemies who respect only the strength of arms or the open barrel of a rifle? We will keep waiting....
of the beats, ferlinghetti is my favorite, and this is one of my favorite poems by him. i am tempted, but will refrain, from listing the several lines i find especially good, in which we get a sense of ferlinghetti's heart and can hear them recited to jazz background. if by chance, lawrence, you happen to read this, i say here, you're the man! -glen kappy
I suppose the poet is still waiting for all this. I like this poem and Ferlinghetti in general.
quite a long wish list...if all is done then you become the God.......added to the best poems list....effortful, factual poem
This one reminds of the song RIGHT HERE WAITING popularized by RICHARD MARX..... Congrats on being selected for the day.....
To come up! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
and I am waiting for the Age of Anxiety to drop dead and I am waiting for the war to be fought which will make the world safe for anarchy
I don't know why I like this poem, except, of course, it's what most of us do- wait and hope and wait again and watch hope slide downhill while the waiting feels like Sisyphus and his uphill battle with the rock. I'm glad you broke it up into stanzas that become, at least in my mind, a respite, a break, maybe a time when we reach a peak and shout yes! and raise our fist to unseen gods in the vast womb of creation. And then we look and the rocks, again, at the bottom of the mountain and your lament of waiting and hoping begins its never-ending cycle. I like the poem but maybe you could add a one-liner after each stanza that something wonderful happened- that you got part of something, had a eureka moment, that things got ironed out if only for a brief span of time and you felt elation, a dream made real, something.
A great poem that's stood the test of time. (check it's complete please...)
Great poem, but this posting is missing MANY great lines. They almost seem to be lines that contain anti-Republican Party views. Anyway, they're not there. See http: //www.jessamyn.com/me/waiting.html, or the original book.