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Sonnet: Whoa, Man, the Scent of a

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Sonnet: Whoa, Man, the Scent of a

by John Kendall Hawkins


All the hyenas are laughing at the edge,

closing in at the scent of our culture,

dying like Gregory Peck; a vulture

committee waits; a lion's in the sedge.

Their trilling laughter fills the air with mirth,

air otherwise putrid with our disease --

gangrenous hearts, our love has cut the cheese

and now we have given away the Earth.

The snows of Kilimanjaro are gone

forever; Susan Hayward's split the scene;

there's high turbulence; the season's mean;

and dying Gregory relives the con.

They're circling now, there's movement in the grass,

and the sixth extinction has come to pass.


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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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