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The Animal Trainer, Parts 1 and 2, by John Berryman

Date:   12/6/2005 6:01:55 AM   ( 12 y ) ... viewed 2722 times

Quite suddenly, my favorite poem came to mind this evening. I do so much want to share it with you. There are many incredible poems by this poet, John Berryman, and this is only one of hundreds. I started out with only Part 1 here, but several days later after quite a search I found Part 2! Each is a separate entity unto itself, yet there are similarities; it is important to be able to read both. Anyway, here we go:



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"The Animal Trainer (1)

I told him: The time has come, I must be gone.
It is time to leave the circus and circus days,
The admissions, the menagerie, the drums,
Excitements of disappointment and praise.
In a suburb of the spirit I shall seize
The steady and exalted light of the sun,
And live there, out of the tension that decays,
Until I become a man alone of noon.

Heart said: Can you do without your animals?
The looking, licking, smelling animals?
The friendly fumbling beast? The listening one?
That standing up and worst of animals?
What will become of you in the pure light
When all your enemies are gone, and gone
The inexhaustible prospect of the night?

--But the night is now the body of my fear,
These animals are my distraction. Once
Let me escape the smells and cages here,
Once let me stand naked in the sun,
All these performances will be forgotten.
I shall concentrate in the sunlight there.

Said the conservative Heart: Your animals
Are occupation, food for you, your love
And your immense responsibility;
They are the travellers by which you live,
(Without you they will pace and pine, or die.)

--I reared them, tended them (I said) and still
They plague me, they will not perform, they run
Into forbidden corners, they fight, they steal.
Better to live like an artist in the sun.

--You are an animal trainer, Heart replied.
Without your animals leaping at your side
No sun will save you, nor this bloodless pride.

--What must I do then? Must I stay and work
With animals, and confront the night, in the circus?

--You learn from animals. You learn in the dark."

written by John Berryman
(copyright 1989 by Kate Donahue Berryman)

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The Animal Trainer (2)

I told him: The time has come, I must be gone.
It is time to leave the circus and circus days,
The admissions, the menagerie, the drums,
Excitements of disappointments and praise.
In a suburb of the spirit I shall seize
The steady and exalted light of the sun
And live there, out of the tension that decays,
Until I become a man alone of noon.

Heart said: Can you do without these animals?
The looking, licking, smelling animals?
The friendly fumbling beast? The listening one?
The standing up and worst of animals?
What will become of you in the pure light
When all your enemies are gone, and gone
The inexhaustible prospect of the night?

--But the night is now the body of my fear,
These animals are my distraction! Once
Let me escape the smells and cages here,
Once let me stand naked in the sun,
All their performances will be forgotten.
I shall concentrate in the sunlight there.

Said the conservative heart: These animals
Are occupation, food for you, your love
And your despair, responsibility:
They are the travellers by which you live.
Without you they will pace and pine, or die.

--What soul-delighting tasks do they perform?
They quarrel, snort, leap, lie down, their delight
Merely a punctual meal and to be warm.
Justify their existence in the night!

--The animals are coupling, and they cry
'The circus is, it is our mystery,
It is a world of dark where animals die.'

--Animals little and large, be still, be still:
I'll stay with you. Suburb and sun are pale.

--Animals are your destruction, and your will.

written by John Berryman
(copyright 1989 by Kate Donahue Berryman)

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I simply love John Berryman and "The Animal Trainer". I've loved these 2 poems for over 30 years now.

Thanks for being here,
Vibr8

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