A Poem for John Wieners Written on His Paper

by Philip Lamantia

Who’s the white Lady ?
can you answer I cant make it
who’s the white lady ?

We walked in yr room talking of the white lady
we walked round yr room with the white lady

It came, I fell back to the white lady
we made it what turned on in our heads ?
We go thru a Door of Heroin
and it is poetrie
there must be some way OUT
the answers are infinite
I await the sum total
of answers flung back to me
in the sea where I become something else

White lady turning around in yr room
talking of us! A dream! I float the log
of chance, Fortuna a bad shot
it’s alright, Mercy is ours
                                       we scored!

previously unpublished; circa 1959