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In these strange and mysterious days, o,

when we are stripped bare of choirs

to sing hallelujahs in praise of fires

we had in our hearts to make darkness go,

we are lost in mazed relativities,

underinvested in love, passion-free,

without existential proclivities,

and fallen fruit not far from the c-word tree.

Language is how we express consciousness;

how we negotiate what's real, what's not;

how we learn to name the animals; bless

the children; cry to night, Hilf mir mein Gott!

I grow old by the hour and my senses wane.

The disappearing man who lived in vain.

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

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