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caves

we want what we can't
have
and then
we want
some more

how to know
what is
inside
and
outside

the cave?

authentic
and sincere
in the dingy
rubbish-filled
streets and splattered
toilets or the wonderfully satisfactory
voodo uproars drooling
bones with a groan yes
even the earth
has orgasms

lying in the metro slumped against egg
cartoons
what is the point of living
except to have
no fixed point

the only way to come
to grips
with meaning
is to live more

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