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Patriarchy -- how it ends

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Image taken from page 314 of 'Proverbial Philosophy. (The first and second series.) ... Illustrated. A new edition'
Image taken from page 314 of 'Proverbial Philosophy. (The first and second series.) ... Illustrated. A new edition'
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The kings,
They come in caravans to die
And they bring with them their servants.
And their jewels stay with them
When they are buried

One hundred years apart
In the back yard.
And their graves
Fall down
And are removed

For paving stones
And the road that the kings arrived on
Is called Kings Highway.
Now cars race along that way
Right off the edge

And are buried and so on.
And doesn't this sound familiar?
The lights turn green;
They let us go,
And then they turn red as blood

And we stop and are buried
In our cars
Which rust and turn to dust.
And now we're having dinner
In a busy restaurant

And the old man excuses himself
And gets up to use the bathroom
But he loses his way in the back
Where the bar is
And he walks out the back of the restaurant

And he pees by the dumpster
And sits down on a rusty chair
And stares at the stars
And the stars stare back
And we come out and find him

And we walk him back inside
Gently scolding,
Are you OK?
Why did you do that? You scared us.
That's how it ends.

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger and author of several nonfiction books, a collection of poetry, "Children to the Mountain" and a memoir, "Finding Myself in Time: Facing the Music" Over the last few years he has begun calling (more...)

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