An Eastern Ballad

An Eastern Ballad

Don’t confuse eastern with Easter! This is the poem written by Allan Ginsberg (1926 – 1997) about his fascination for the moon and the sea.

About "An Eastern Ballad"

About “An Eastern Ballad”

In this poem, Ginsberg describes his fascination with the moon and sea. Together, they are a strong combination. We all remember those beautiful paintings and photos of an immense moon hovering above the waters.

In this poem, Ginsberg describes his fascination with the moon and sea. Together, they are a strong combination. We all remember those beautiful paintings and photos of an immense moon hovering above the waters.
It also represents those calm moments. Those calm moments that could be described by any poet. Yet, this isn’t just any poet: It’s Allan Ginsberg who wrote these words.

A moment to take a break from everyday struggles. Or as Ginsberg describes it: what the moon and sea do to him.

Read the poem and you will be lured into this scene that Ginsberg describes. A magical, beautiful and strong poem.

An Eastern Ballad

An Eastern Ballad

I speak of love that comes to mind:
The moon is faithful, although blind;
She moves in thought she cannot speak.
Perfect care has made her bleak.

I never dreamed the sea so deep,
The earth so dark; so long my sleep,
I have become another child.
I wake to see the world go wild.

— Allan Ginsberg

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