It is a great feeling to know that from a window I can go to books to cans of beer to past loves. And from these gather enough dream to sneak out a back door.
Standing on a street corner waiting for no one is power.
They, that unnamed they, they've knocked me down but I got up. I always get up -- and I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall; nothing moves a mountain but itself. They, I've long ago named them me.
If you believe you're a poet, then you're saved.
If you have a choice of two things and can't decide, take both.
Spirit is Life. It flows thru the death of me endlessly like a river unafraid of becoming the sea.
Ah, if I were dictator I'd have poets throwing bombs!
The fall of man stands a lie before Beethoven, a truth before Hitler.
I remember the people I knew in prison; I was very fortunate to know them - they came from 1910, 1920, 1930.
I think of New York City lost in stars
forgotten as a blue haired pet of childhood love
Tonight the night is full;
it's just that I see love as odd as wearing shoes--
I never wanted to marry a girl who was like my mother
And Ingrid Bergman was always impossible
I learned life were no dream I learned truth deceived Man is not God Life is a century Death an instant
But when the conquered spirit breaks free And indicates a new light Who'll take care of the cats?
My father took me back home, back to Greenwich Village, and he thought by taking me out of the orphanage he'd be out of the World War too. But no way - they got him anyway. He went in the Navy and then I lived on the streets.
I feel I want to be wise with white hair in a tall library in a deep chair by a fireplace.
O how terrible it must be for a young man--
seated before a family and the family thinking
We never saw him before! He wants our Mary Lou!
After tea and homemade cookies they ask What do you do for a living
I feel capitol punishment is dooming U.S.A.
a fat Reichian wife screeching over potatoes Get a job!
And five nose running brats in love with Batman
You see, I went to the sixth grade and that was the highest I ever went.
The judge said I was a menace to society because I had put crime on a scientific basis.
My father went into the armed service and I never saw my mother - I don't know what happened to her.
I just trust people and they sense everything's gonna be alright.
I moved up over Lower East Side and I was adopted by eight foster parents; I lived all over New York City with these parents, man, till I was about ten years old.
Anyway, I lived on the streets and did pretty good until I got caught stealing, what was it? I kicked in a restaurant window, went in and took all the food that I wanted, and while coming out I was grabbed.
The lucky thing was that I was Italian; when the other Italians saw me fight back, they came to my defence.
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