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The Truth Is Laughter 10

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one should never play martyr
there are martyrs beyond you

one should never argue apocalypse
without your whole lifetime before
you, which is impossible

        Pushkin said, ‘my sadness
        is luminous’—this is
        his reason

Ralph flew to Bristol to see her
she said, ‘You’re not in touch with
Eternity’
he said, ‘Gee, that’s true,’
then later sent a telegram,
‘meet me in Jerusalem,’
since he was going

Robin Blaser, “The Truth Is Laughter 10” from The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser. Copyright © 2006 by Robin Blaser.  Reprinted by permission of University of California Press.
Source: The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser (University of California Press, 2006)
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