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Sonnet: White Noise and Black Eyes

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Sonnet: White Noise and Black Eyes

by John Kendall Hawkins


Every day, day to night, it's Bedlam:

who'd have thunk one old asylum could hold

so many mad king Georges, alley-rolled,

unhinged and jacketed -- crown, a bedpan?

Their monotone boasts flit down the hallways,

one-note passions, opheliac Echoes,

weird sonic bats, or crazy climbing geckoes,

Lear's never, answered with always always.

Don't know bout you but I'm ready to say,

Jersey Bentham, stuff your panopticon

right straight up your fat rosy Rubicon.

It'll mean more meds, a closed ward stay.

Here comes the mad doc with tabs of reason

and checks we've swallowed to hold off treason.


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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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