This is a lie

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by John Berryman


To Bhain Campbell

1911 – 1940

I told a lie once in a verse. I said

I said I said I said “The heart will mend,

Body will break and mend, the foam replace

For even the unconsolable his taken friend.”

This is a lie. I had not been here then.


From The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief & Healing, edited by Kevin Young.

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