Poets Walk: "juniper crown"

Poets Walk: "juniper crown"

Location on Poets Walk Map: 59


136 Syllables at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center by Allen Ginsberg


Tail turned to red sunset on a juniper crown a lone magpie cawks.

Mad at Oryoki in the shrine-room -- Thistles blossomed late afternoon.

Put on my shirt and took it off in the sun walking the path to lunch.

A dandelion seed floats above the marsh grass with the mosquitos.

At 4 A.M. the two middleaged men sleeping together holding hands.

In the half-light of dawn a few birds warble under the Pleiades.

Sky reddens behind fir trees, larks twitter, sparrows cheep cheep cheep

cheep cheep.


Allen Ginsberg, "136 Syllables at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center" from Collected Poems, Copyright (c) 2006 by Allen Ginsberg LLC, used with permission of the Wylie Agency LLC. "136 Syllables at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center" appears here in slightly different form than in the Collected Poems.