01 November 2007

grey wool (day 4)

Death of a Salesman
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Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play by Arthur Miller and is considered a classic of American theater. Viewed by many as a caustic attack on the American Dream of achieving wealth and success without regard for principle, Death of a Salesman made both Arthur Miller and the character Willy Loman household names. More profoundly, the play raises a counterexample to Aristotle's characterization of tragedy as the downfall of a great man, whether through (depending on the translator) a flaw in his character or a mistake he has made.

grey wool (we are all willy loman)

rambling streets
greet his rambling feet
welcome to beauty
and tomorrow

he carries his case
but he dreams of something else

of standing
on a bridge somewhere

he’d flip the latches open
look up at the sky and smile
and he’d let the case spilt open
showering the world with his cares


but maybe
that is another man
today he marches on
chasing something he isn’t sure he wants

chasing nevertheless

through the revolving door
important people all around
he begins another day
another delay
from the day that will change his way

one day
his dreams do say
he’ll flip the latch
and walk away
free to live and breathe

even briefly

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