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Really Isn’t


It is such

a beautiful world,

and yet

I treat

so many things

as emblematic,

as if each

teardrop on

the brim of

his lies

spoke for

a large and

shadowy theme,

like the mind


with its

backdrop of sleep,

black wave-shaped

cutouts in

cardboard bobbing

in asynchronous

ovals and

staggered to

the back of

the stage,

as if depth

were only a

matter of

layering planes.

from Ethical ConsciousnessFind more by Paul Killebrew at the library

Copyright © 2013 Paul Killebrew
Used with the permission of Canarium Books.

Published in Paul Killebrew Poems

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