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Beckett, Samuel: Cascando

Portre of Beckett, Samuel

Cascando (English)


why not merely the despaired of

occasion of



is it not better abort than be barren


the hours after you are gone are so leaden

they will always start dragging too soon

the grapples clawing blindly the bed of want

bringing up the bones the old loves

sockets filled once with eyes like yours

all always is it better too soon than never

the black want splashing their faces

saying again nine days never floated the loved

nor nine months

nor nine lives



saying again

if you do not teach me I shall not learn

saying again there is a last

even of last times

last times of begging

last times of loving

of knowing not knowing pretending

a last even of last times of saying

if you do not love me I shall not be loved

if I do not love you I shall not love


the churn of stale words in the heart again

love love love thud of the old plunger

pestling the unalterable

whey of words


terrified again

of not loving

of loving and not you

of being loved and not by you

of knowing not knowing pretending



I and all the others that will love you

if they love you



unless they love you

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