Gregory Corso

Here you will find the Poem Writ On The Steps Of Puerto Rican Harlem of poet Gregory Corso

Writ On The Steps Of Puerto Rican Harlem

There?s a truth limits man 
A truth prevents his going any farther 
The world is changing 
The world knows it?s changing 
Heavy is the sorrow of the day 
The old have the look of doom 
The young mistake their fate in that look 
That is truth 
But it isn?t all truth 

Life has meaning 
And I do not know the meaning 
Even when I felt it were meaningless 
I hoped and prayed and sought a meaning 
It wasn?t all frolic poesy 
There were dues to pay 
Summoning Death and God 
I?d a wild dare to tackle Them 
Death proved meaningless without Life 
Yes the world is changing 
But Death remains the same 
It takes man away from Life 
The only meaning he knows 
And usually it is a sad business 
This Death 

I?d an innocence I?d a seriousness 
I?d a humor save me from amateur philosophy 
I am able to contradict my beliefs 
I am able able 
Because I want to know the meaning of everything 
Yet sit I like a brokenness 
Moaning: Oh what responsibility 
I put on thee Gregory 
Death and God 
Hard hard it?s hard 

I learned life were no dream 
I learned truth deceived 
Man is not God 
Life is a century 
Death an instant