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The Obsoletion of a Language

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We knew it
would happen,
one of the laws.
And that it
would be this
sudden. Words
become a chewing
action of the jaws
and mouth, unheard
by the only other
citizen there was
on earth.


Source: Poetry (May 2011)

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