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Sonnet: Dog Stars? Are You Serious?

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by John Kendall Hawkins


I read something not too long ago about stars

devoid of light and life -- phosphorescent dog bones

at the end of time that no god will ever claim,

or dig up space to hide from other sniff-gods,

who woof at themselves in a mirrored feedback lark --

one by one, snuffed out, until nothing's left, nothing.

Dead universe, a one-in-the-many frothing,

cork-popped cathedrals lit by vigils in the dark

of the remembered dreams we call Multi. The odds

are against finding any two ideas the same

and yet synchronicity brings its rhymes and koans

out of which a paradigm appears: The First Cause.

Noam (sic) sails by instinct now, digital sun

breaking through the cloud, hexadecimal sea. One.

Readers are invited to hear me read my sonnet at my new Rumble site. "Dogs Stars? Are You Serious?" is a poem from my online collection, Sonnets of Everyday Experience. Won't you join me?

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Oceania.

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