149th Chorus

Jack Kerouac

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I keep falling in love
with my mother,
I dont want to hurt her
--Of all people to hurt.

Every time I see her
she's grown older
But her uniform always
amazes me
For its Dutch simplicity
And the Doll she is,
The doll-like way
she stands
Bowlegged in my dreams,
Waiting to serve me.

And I am only an Apache
Smoking Hashi
In old Cabashy
By the Lamp

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  • Gyft

    I really enjoyed this Jack Kerouac poem, especially the lines "But her uniform always amazes me, for its Dutch simplicity." Such a beautiful depiction of his relationship with his mother and how her appearance remains etched in his memory.