Dead Whistle Stop Already End

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A Poem by William S. Burroughs

    Ahab to his companion      falling over there in any         out from the dawn

      skin              staring          stirring unbelief                               he strode towards a long

drink and looked into the            the actors ourselves become

      muzzle of Spain and 42 St.                    old banner illustrating

I was standing by the wax           before                       dead whistle stop already

cross the red moon                       terminal time scarred                     end.

        scanning patterns           on my face                 me in your back, pal”

dawn words falling      will say it all         consists in irradiating

this dead whistle stop                 in the language before creation

         he strode towards           the actors in the      city                 “Here he is now”

       obsidian morning      sniffing quivering need              masturbating afternoons

spitting blood               dead rainbow flesh          he moved as sharp as

    on the iron streets            fish smell and    dead eyes         water reeds

    scarred metal faces                  running into the mines             liquid typewriter

flickered on field            where flesh circulates                 red fish talk falling

     he strode towards             pant smell                language like muttering

     Spain and 42 st.              running in the gutter             where is he now?

  the actors dead             dawn word falling                  he was caught in the zoo

         whistle stop already              scanning patterns              jissom webs drifting

  slow ferris wheel      running rainbow flesh             over the White Subway 

Originally published in Floating Bear 24 in September-October 1962. Republished by RealityStudio in August 2010.

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