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Sonnet: One Last Thing Before I Go

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Sonnet: One Last Thing Before I Go

by John Kendall Hawkins


Before I go I'd like to say a word --

not "Such is life," as Ned Kelly put it

on the gallows, but more, a smorgasbord

of wild rants and raves before I cut it.

Fighting against the dying light, I guess;

but not for poetry or passion -- no --

or to see Beatrice in a summer dress,

bloomers showing as she picks apples -- O! --

and complains, smiles when I shake the ladder,

but because I cogito ergo sum

in a universe mad as a hatter

too ebullient to rush to my doom.

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