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Sonnet: The Old In/Out. In/Out, In/Out

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Sonnet: The Old In/Out. In/Out, In/Out

by John Kendall Hawkins


Honeyed purp-ose is leaking out of me --

that pure, sweet reason to remain alive,

oozing from my pores, like weeping stars that see

an end to light itself; the gray tattered hive

abandoned, or broken by some child's stone.

The sweet ichor drawing flies, their feet-tongues

dancing, lapping, death as an ice cream cone,

then, on to dog sh*t, life as heaps of dungs.

O the sweet banquet! All the ins and outs --

the coldest foodstuffs turned to steaming turds,

and all of history's desires and doubts

merely the byproduct of processed words.

I'm close to the ground, a rose grows out my ar*e,

scratch and sniff my honeyed tongue -- go on, parse.

(Article changed on May 02, 2021 at 8:31 AM 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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