Ginsberg – Scribble


Kenneth Rexroth  (& Edith Piaf)

Here’s the very first poem that opens “The Lion For Real”  (published in Reality Sandwiches) – Kenneth Rexroth and Edith Piaf – a brief but poignant lyric, “Scribble”

Steve Swallow‘ s on piano, Michael Blair on guitar, Ralph Carney on clarinet.

Allen’s sleeve note – “Casual note, a long melancholic affectionate 1956 thought about the late irascible Bay Area anarchist Poet, Kenneth Rexroth, might be 4 A.M. in the soul that Michael Blair’s music mirrors”

Scribble 

           tired bliss
White haired, wing browed
           gas mustache,
                flowers jet out of
                      his sad head,
listening to Edith Piaf street song
           as she walks the universe
                with all life gone
                and cities disappeared
                      only the God of Love
                            left smiling

Berkeley, March 1956

Here (added bonus) a recent translation of the poem into Spanish (thanks Vanja Lopez) :

Garabato

La cara de Rexroth reflejando humana/ dicha cansada/ Pelo blanco cejas aladas . . . . ./mostacho de gas,/salen flores a chorros de/su triste cabeza,/escuchando la canción de calle de Edith Piaf/mientras ella recorre el universo . . . ./toda la vida desaparecida ./y las ciudades desaparecidas/sólo el Dios del Amor/queda sonriendo.

and Portuguese:

Garrancho

A cara de Roxroth refletindo a cansada/beatitude humana/A cabeleira branca, a sobrancelha arrebitada/o bigode tagarela,/as flores rebentando/de sua cabeça triste,/a ouvir as cantigas mundanas de Edith Piaf/como se ela passeasse pelo universo/com toda a vida ida/e as cidades desaparecidas/somente o Deus do Amor/ficou a sorrir

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