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Sonnet: The Altered States of "Man" Ahead

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Sonnet: The Altered States of "Man" Ahead

by John Kendall Hawkins


Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout

The pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray

And though she feels as if she's in a play

She is anyway

- The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour, "Strawberry Fields" (1967)


One of the dirtiest things in the known

universe is the human body: heard --

two eggs talking, The Andromeda Strain,

a crystalline microbe from space -- sur L'absurde! --

neither alive nor dead, wipes out a town,

like that! and suddenly we've got new eyes

on the mind-body problem, gape dumbfound,

almost nuke it, but learn a surprise!

The human body's besieged all the time

by virile micro monsters, wet and wild,

like the girl in Cool Hand Luke, t*ts a crime,

they get you woe! you're golly gomer pyled.

The human future may be bleak or grand

or a replay ouch! of Custer's last stand.

(Article changed on Jun 15, 2021 at 4:28 PM EDT)


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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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