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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 Oceania.

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