Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Beat Postcard #11: The Jewish Ghetto

Allen Ginsberg, Venice, Italy 1957
Visiting the Jewish Ghetto

"and it is said that those who would steal from you
seek only your heart."

And I have seen those who have looked deeply into my heart,
only to be interested in possessions.

The joke's on them.
I've never owned anything that could bleed.

Interesting thing about this photo is
Ginsberg knows this guy is stealing his work. He always leaves a phony one out in the open for those who seek to love him.

Whatever the thief ends up doing with the words
he unwittingly markets Ginsberg's second-rate work.

I'm sure there's a lesson there, somewhere.

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