March142012
After learning of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, beat poet Bob Kaufman (on Allen Ginsberg’s right) took a Buddhist vow of silence that lasted ten years until the end of the Vietnam War in 1973. He broke his silence by reciting his poem;
All those ships that never sailed
The ones with their seacocks open
That were scuttled in their stalls…
Today I bring them back
Huge and intransitory
And let them sail
Forever

After learning of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, beat poet Bob Kaufman (on Allen Ginsberg’s right) took a Buddhist vow of silence that lasted ten years until the end of the Vietnam War in 1973. He broke his silence by reciting his poem;

All those ships that never sailed

The ones with their seacocks open

That were scuttled in their stalls…

Today I bring them back

Huge and intransitory

And let them sail

Forever

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