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You still whispered you would not die.
Yet in the nights I heard you cry
Like a whipped child;
You seem to be all finished, so
We'll plug your old recalcitrant anus
--All this Dark Age machinery
On which we had tormented you
To life.
And you, whiner, who wastes your time
Dawdling over the remorseless earth,
After experience taught me that all the ordinary
Surroundings of social life are futile and vain;
You must call up every strength you own
And you can rip off the whole facial mask.
The sleek, expensive girls I teach,
Younger and pinker every year,
Bloom gradually out of reach.
I haven't read one book about
A book or memorized one plot,
Though trees turn bare and girls turn wives,
We shall afford our costly seasons;
I taught myself to name my name,
To bark back, loosen love and crying;
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