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Death &Amp; Fame - Poem by Allen Ginsberg

When I die
I don't care what happens to my body
throw ashes in the air, scatter 'em in East River
bury an urn in Elizabeth New Jersey, B'nai Israel Cemetery
But l want a big funeral
St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Mark's Church, the largest synagogue in
Manhattan
First, there's family, brother, nephews, spry aged Edith stepmother
96, Aunt Honey from old Newark,
Doctor Joel, cousin Mindy, brother Gene one eyed one ear'd, sister-
in-law blonde Connie, five nephews, stepbrothers & sisters
their grandchildren,
companion Peter Orlovsky, caretakers Rosenthal & Hale, Bill Morgan--
Next, teacher Trungpa Vajracharya's ghost mind, Gelek Rinpoche,
there Sakyong Mipham, Dalai Lama alert, chance visiting
America, Satchitananda Swami
Shivananda, Dehorahava Baba, Karmapa XVI, Dudjom Rinpoche,
Katagiri & Suzuki Roshi's phantoms
Baker, Whalen, Daido Loorie, Qwong, Frail White-haired Kapleau
Roshis, Lama Tarchen --
Then, most important, lovers over half-century
Dozens, a hundred, more, older fellows bald & rich
young boys met naked recently in bed, crowds surprised to see each
other, innumerable, intimate, exchanging memories
"He taught me to meditate, now I'm an old veteran of the thousand
day retreat --"
"I played music on subway platforms, I'm straight but loved him he
loved me"
"I felt more love from him at 19 than ever from anyone"
"We'd lie under covers gossip, read my poetry, hug & kiss belly to belly
arms round each other"
"I'd always get into his bed with underwear on & by morning my
skivvies would be on the floor"
"Japanese, always wanted take it up my bum with a master"
"We'd talk all night about Kerouac & Cassady sit Buddhalike then
sleep in his captain's bed."
"He seemed to need so much affection, a shame not to make him happy"
"I was lonely never in bed nude with anyone before, he was so gentle my
stomach
shuddered when he traced his finger along my abdomen nipple to hips-- "
"All I did was lay back eyes closed, he'd bring me to come with mouth
& fingers along my waist"
"He gave great head"
So there be gossip from loves of 1948, ghost of Neal Cassady commin-
gling with flesh and youthful blood of 1997
and surprise -- "You too? But I thought you were straight!"
"I am but Ginsberg an exception, for some reason he pleased me."
"I forgot whether I was straight gay queer or funny, was myself, tender
and affectionate to be kissed on the top of my head,
my forehead throat heart & solar plexus, mid-belly. on my prick,
tickled with his tongue my behind"
"I loved the way he'd recite 'But at my back allways hear/ time's winged
chariot hurrying near,' heads together, eye to eye, on a
pillow --"
Among lovers one handsome youth straggling the rear
"I studied his poetry class, 17 year-old kid, ran some errands to his
walk-up flat,
seduced me didn't want to, made me come, went home, never saw him
again never wanted to... "
"He couldn't get it up but loved me," "A clean old man." "He made
sure I came first"
This the crowd most surprised proud at ceremonial place of honor--
Then poets & musicians -- college boys' grunge bands -- age-old rock
star Beatles, faithful guitar accompanists, gay classical con-
ductors, unknown high Jazz music composers, funky trum-
peters, bowed bass & french horn black geniuses, folksinger
fiddlers with dobro tamborine harmonica mandolin auto-
harp pennywhistles & kazoos
Next, artist Italian romantic realists schooled in mystic 60's India,
Late fauve Tuscan painter-poets, Classic draftsman Massa-
chusets surreal jackanapes with continental wives, poverty
sketchbook gesso oil watercolor masters from American
provinces
Then highschool teachers, lonely Irish librarians, delicate biblio-
philes, sex liberation troops nay armies, ladies of either sex
"I met him dozens of times he never remembered my name I loved
him anyway, true artist"
"Nervous breakdown after menopause, his poetry humor saved me
from suicide hospitals"
"Charmant, genius with modest manners, washed sink, dishes my
studio guest a week in Budapest"
Thousands of readers, "Howl changed my life in Libertyville Illinois"
"I saw him read Montclair State Teachers College decided be a poet-- "
"He turned me on, I started with garage rock sang my songs in Kansas
City"
"Kaddish made me weep for myself & father alive in Nevada City"
"Father Death comforted me when my sister died Boston l982"
"I read what he said in a newsmagazine, blew my mind, realized
others like me out there"
Deaf & Dumb bards with hand signing quick brilliant gestures
Then Journalists, editors's secretaries, agents, portraitists & photo-
graphy aficionados, rock critics, cultured laborors, cultural
historians come to witness the historic funeral
Super-fans, poetasters, aging Beatnicks & Deadheads, autograph-
hunters, distinguished paparazzi, intelligent gawkers
Everyone knew they were part of 'History" except the deceased
who never knew exactly what was happening even when I was alive

February 22, 1997

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Dosti aam hai lekin ae dost,
Dost milta hai bari mushkil se..

Saare rishte tabaah kar aya,
Dill-e-barbaad apne ghar aya,

Akhirash khoon thuukne se mian,
Baat

ilaaj Yeh Hai Ke Majboor Kar Diya Jaaun,
Warna Yun Toh Kisi Ki Nahi Suni Maine.
इलाज य

Say, lovely youth, that dost my heart command,
Can Phaon's eyes forget his Sappho's hand?
Must the

der tak koi kisi se bad-guman rahta nahin
wo wahan aata to hoga main jahan rahta nahin
ek main h

"What's that that hirples at my side?"
The foe that you must fight, my lord.
"That rides as fast a

A tempest cracked on the theatre. Quickly,
The wind beat in the roof and half the walls.
The ruin

Phir itne may0os kyun h0 us
ki bewaFayi par Faraz,
Tum khud hi t0h kehte thay k
w0h sab se Juda h

Apna Zamana Aap Banate Hai Ahl-E Dil

Ham Wo Nahi Ke Jin Ko Zamana Bna Gya

Zindagi aik aziyat hai mujhe,
Tujh se milne ki zaroorat hai mujhe,
Dil main har lahza hai sirf ek

Kash Main Tere Nam Ka Nukta Hota
Tum Tum Na Rehte Agar Main Na Hota...

Or whether doth my mind, being crowned with you,
Drink up the monarch's plague, this flattery?
Or

Leave me, my blamer,
For the sake of the love
Which unites your soul with
That of your beloved

Where are you, my beloved? Are you in that little
Paradise, watering the flowers who look upon you

Hairaan Hoon Yeh Koun Sa Dastoor-e-Wafa Hai,
Tu Missal-e-Ragg-e-Jaan Hai To Kiyon Mujhse Juda Hai?

Sochta hon jis din mujhko sabar agaya

Uski kya ehmiyat reh jayegi phir

KaBhI KaBhI SafAr-E-ZindAgi Se ThAk Kar HuM,

TeRe KhAyAL K SaAyE Men Beth Kar Khob Roty haiN...

Qurb K Na Wafa K Hote Hain
Saray Jhagray Ana K Hote Hain
Baat Niyat Ki Sirf Hai Warna
Waqt Saray

Mana k tum haseen hoo mager is qadar nahi, ,
Jitna k meri deed ne tum ko bana dia !!!

Unfunny uncles who insist
in trying on a lady's hat,
--oh, even if the joke falls flat,
we share

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