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Sonnet: The Dying Light of Self

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By John Kendall Hawkins

Time to start dusting off the musket balls

and reading Baudelaire (but, please, no Marx)

in the soft intermittence of firefly sparks

waiting for bonfires to begin, the calls

of bring it down (n'est ce pas?), mon lecteur,

and taking out the grids -- back to darkness,

unenlightened, what's next anyone's guess,

but no French help, Robespierre would just hector,

call us hypocrites. There's something missing.

The gregorian chants have died away,

the human soul of music, angels turned gray,

soft votive of self snuffed, silence hissing.

Do I hear a new paradigm drumming

Or the emptiness of unbecoming?

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