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.