Ginsberg’s Omelet

I’m having an off, uncreative afternoon but – because I love The Beats (especially Guru Ginsberg, my initial inspiration to begin writing ages ago) — I thought I’d share this oldie (a tribute to Allen’s HOWL), originally published in the Red Wolf Journal back in 2019.

I’ve revised the form. Originally it was structured in the same design as HOWL, but I couldn’t make that work here on WordPress.

If you’re interested in seeing the original (HOWL-ish) layout, you can find it here: Ginsberg’s Omelet.


Ginsberg’s Omelet

This is the egg of the Void, ovoid,
egg I have come to know these 20 years
on frozen flats, in dreams of egg gone mad,
unreachable egg, egg unbeaten by Time,
unmapped in the flat gray clouded
frypan of Imagination,
egg unreal, uneaten eggshell egg—

This is the fork I choose
to torture the egg,
fork of my mother’s choosing,
passed through generations,
immigrant fork that travels from Prussia,
comes to rest on American Formica,
Breakfast In America fork,
Fork of Manhattan 2019,
come to beat the egg for real,
to make the mad yellow omelet of
Century XXI, feed the starving masses
standing and waiting to dig the
secret bop-cabala of omelet breakfast
staring up from the ooky yolky plate
with sizzled bacon beside—

This is the milk of lost aspiration,
squeezed from the unwilling tit,
small milk, spilled, useless milk
propped up by demonic farm subsidies
devised to keep the dirty farmer poor,
Milk of the Mother, pilfered mechanically,
drifting toward unrequited Denver,
lights whiter than mercury vapor
under the odd sad laughing
western omelet moon—

O Omelet of my soul,
sweet yellow comrade omelet,
come to me now,
I am starved for your Grace,
I await you now in early morning America

dVerse Poets Pub
Tuesday Poetics
~ Honor The Beat ~



10 thoughts on “Ginsberg’s Omelet

  1. You’ve got the beat, Ron, and you’ve mixed it into one of my favourite breakfast treats – an omelet – and not just any omelet! I especially love the ‘egg unbeaten by Time’ and ‘the milk of lost aspiration’.

  2. Applaussssssssssssssss – now standing – sssssssssssssssss – still standing – sssssssssssssssss – finally sits – sse!! Exhales – sweating 🥵🥵🥵… WOW! DUDE! 🤯

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