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the penance
of rigorous
self denial
is the panic
of riotous
self dismissal

i am
an anthropomorphic
house of cards
built
to serve
as a storm wall

it is increasingly
difficult to gauge
the tensile strength
of hope
against
a mountain of evidence

as all the king’s horses
and all the king’s men
are
shattered and battered
when
the battles commence

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