Berryman wrote many more Dream Songs after the first 77. Eventually there were 385 of them. While the initial 77 remain my favorites, there are some astonishing gems in the later ones. Such as this:
About that ‘me.’ After a lecture once
came up a lady asking to see me. ‘Of course.
When would you like to?’
Well, now, she said. ‘Yes, but I have a lunch-
eon—’ Then I saw her and shifted with remorse
and said ‘Well; come on over.’
So we crossed to my office together and I sat her down
and asked, as she sat silent, ‘What is it, miss?’
'Would you close the door?'
Now Henry was perplexed. We don’t close doors
with students; it’s just a principle. But this
lady looked beyond frown.
So I rose from the desk & closed it and turning back
found her in tears—apologizing—’No,
go right ahead,’ I assur-
ed her, ‘here’s a handkerchief. Cry.’ She did, I did. When she got
control, I said ‘What’s the matter—if you want to talk?’
'Nothing. Nothing's the matter.' So.
I am her.