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The Praxis of Memory



performing childhood is something else
where light is a lonesome hymn
touching commits to memory
rhetorical proof in perpetual motion
love’s unbroken composition
approaching the furthest moon
salvation among the borders of civilisation
so tonight the gaps are graced

migration to memory
inside the praxis of living
a mongrel shake-down
on the milk-stained carpet

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