“Awake!”

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“Awake!”

Awake! And off, but no one’s in the race.
No dogs, no horses, no bird flies above now.
Morn-rise! Aft-fall, and nothing stirs apace.
The council meets and nothing’s on the agenda.

And what should be there, what ingredient clouds
The page, the room’s still air, the breathless grace;
What’s missing in the interim? The brow’s

Anointed with a crown of nothing placed.
And what’s to do but wait upon the slough
Of waste while action’s usurpt and rule displaced.
The council meets and nothing’s on the agenda.

…painting by Edward Hopper…

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