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Life Arts    H4'ed 11/5/22

Excuse me while I light my spliff

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We did our bit and fed off Gaia's teat,

draining her by degrees, Similac sacs

were brought in -- aye! -- to supplement our need,

and we shat our beds made of cast-off rags,

cried O Humanity! at each new war

to end all wars, and looked for life out there,

while the AIs drained us and left no scar,

and laughed at us -- aye! - howled and called us queer.

And look at us today: diabetes,

flabber-gassing hyperglycemia

high pressure sad toilet parmenides

assistant coach Team Academia.

Look at the green grass on the other side!

yodels the couch potato naugahyde.

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Oceania.

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