Harry's Circumcision - Reverie Gone Astray - Lou Reed

    Looking in the mirror Harry didn't like what he saw
    The cheeks of his mother the eyes of his father
    As each day crashed around him the future stood revealed
    He was turning into his parents
    The final disappointment

    Stepping out of the shower Harry stared at himself
    His hairline receding the slight overbite
    He picked up the razor to begin his shaving
    and thought oh I wish I was different

    I wish I was stronger I wish I was thinner
    I wish I didn't have this nose
    These ears that stick out remind me of my father
    and I don't want to be reminded at all
    The final disappointment

    Harry looked into the mirror thinking of Vincent Van Gogh
    and with a quick swipe lopped off his nose
    And happy with that he made a slice where his chin was
    He's always wanted a dimple
    The end of all illusion
    Then peering down straight between his legs
    Harry thought of the range of possibilities
    A new face a new life no memories of the past
    and slit his throat from ear to ear

    Harry woke up with a cough the stitches made his wince
    A doctor smiled at him from somewhere across the room
    Son we saved your life but you'll never look the same
    And when he heard that, Harry had to laugh
    Although it hurt Harry had to laugh
    The final disappointment

    Marco Giunco
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