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Sonnet: Schopenhauer's Pessimism Rears Its Ugly Head

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Sonnet: Schopenhauer's Pessimism Rears Its Ugly Head

by John Kendall Hawkins


Aboard the ferry to the Golden Horn

you could see the Galata Tower rise

out of the old world. And the smell of corn

on a stick and girls wearing evil eyes.

I sipped rose-coloured çay, let my thoughts waft:

the erosion of confidence over time

Back over Kadiköy, smoke brown and soft.

Schopenhauer's Will tinkled in my mind.

I leaned out over the railing, faded,

when a hijabbed woman, like a blackbird,

leapt up, over, into the sea. Jaded

through the hue. "Help!" she cried. Absurd.

I thought, leaps of faith come in all colors,

over the Kurd's ululating hollers.


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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging (more...)

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