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The Laughing Buddha is Stuck Inside a Time Capsule


by Samuel Derrick Rosen


In the dark outline of words
the echo of our penance,
it is always Halloween in the dark outline of words, no embryonic fact

from which we are exempt, in the dark outline of words
every mirror must be broken
or else be covered,
no more crystal observation in the dark outline of words, a wilderness of eyes

in the dark outline of words,
there is mercury, there is gold,
sick are the empirical,
punished are the wakeful,
rewarded are the dreamt, in the dark outline of words

plenty beasts live deprived of horns, the laughing Buddha is stuck inside a
time capsule, in the dark outline of words
we approach the blue empyrean, in the dark
outline of words

this

is

purgatory.





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