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Sonnet: I Don't Want To Set the World on Fire

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Sonnet: I Don't Want To Set the World on Fire

by John Kendall Hawkins

"I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!"

-Luke 12:49

Maybe Prometheus had it coming

for his mad presumption, handing out fire

to untested twerps, and Zeus, left bumming

at such hubris, thought a necklacing tire

would be apropos, like Bob Dylan's Wheel™

down Rolling Thunder Road, but went with debt

bonds, and Bald Eagle gin making it as real

as cirrhosis of the liver can get.

See, says Z, to our jaundiced hero,

the mad f*ckers have set the world aflame

and reduced infinity to zero,

and you, you, Promiscuous, are to blame.

All because you were passing out matches

to gene-pool pyros at coffee klatches.

(Article changed on Jul 17, 2021 at 5:25 AM EDT)

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