‘The Ball Poem’ by John Berryman

‘The Ball Poem’

by John Berryman

“What is the boy now, who has lost his ball.
What, what is he to do? I saw it go
Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then
Merrily over—there it is in the water!
No use to say ‘O there are other balls’:
An ultimate shaking grief fixes the boy…”

You can read the complete poem here. John Berryman died on this day in 1972, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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