In Vain

The stars in the sky
In vain
The tragedy of Hamlet
In vain
The key in the lock
In vain
The sleeping mother
In vain
The lamp in the corner
In vain
The lamp in the corner unlit
In vain
Abraham Lincoln
In vain
The Aztec empire
In vain
The writing hand: in vain
(The shoetrees in the shoes
In vain
The windowshade string upon
the hand bible
In vain—
The glitter of the greenglass
ashtray
In vain
The bear in the woods
In vain
The Life of Buddha
In vain)

by Jack Kerouac

Comments (10)

You may have caught the essence of the man in this one Allie! Great economy of language, and you got the point over with great timing and clarity. Very worth committing to print! ! Very fine work as always. xxx jim
Relationships are your strong point when you write (I should say strongest!) And I love the quick flow of exchanges. S x
You know I didn't read that as a man you were talking to. I took it as a child. Then I read Esther's comment and blink - illumination. We are like that. You know it and accept it - cool.
A funny yet insightful write, my friend! I love men. I mean, I really love men. But you have GOT to be able to laugh, eh? ? ! Don't forget to give him that hug from me, and more than one to YOU, Allie, for such forebearance and compassion! Commiserations and smiles, Esther : ]
Then stupidity is inevitable and blessed are the dumb. A good twist of the pen here, AAA. It would be comical if it weren't a true reflection of a usually-male attitude of dismissing the emotions. Fine write; it kicks, and lingers on the tongue. t x
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