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The Mythology of Rooms


by Samuel Derrick Rosen


The arrogance of magnolias seduces you,
makes you almost feel invincible,
makes you sense the dragonflies
navigate the war waged
by self against self.  But susceptibility
is the key that unlocks, keep it
in a safe place, for soon you must use it,

when the mythology of rooms collapses
and distance is distance from distance,
when dreams of spiral staircases
metamorphose
into things that are not dreams
but antagonists

of things inside compartments
that are essentially in essence merely one
single
dumb
division.

Someday you'll grow suspicious
of things like flowers
or the temperament of insects.

Until all that is left naked is the mythology of rooms.
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