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A Peaceful Contradiction

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from           the 4        corners       of this tower      lumped on a map

the     best     magician   wins   the        day  /        thinks

he’s invisible     /          white rabbits           hide       in        cupboards

in          boxes        in      hats  /      a peaceful contradiction       exists  /

a   plan    for    a    park    a plantation for immaculate thoughts

 for    flower beds     which    eat    fragrances         all  year round  /

from    this  monolithic  inheritance       avenues           spoke outwards

to         capture             returning prodigals  /    ancestral

dropouts  /              the            multiple   births               of          children

the             sun’s               last    sentence       of            the             day

Source: Poetry (February 2017)

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