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Wikipedia Poem, No. 1,000

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to write this
allow myself to
enuf drunk
i had
to sip
of annihilation, so,
to get the same was
a technologist’s,
and exploitative
but some crater,
belong like the images
gave taken a decade
age, whose errance,
belong like these
the same ways
well as ‘righting
we reckon
bearing witness,

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“The Great Enigma” by Stamatis Polenakis (trans. Richard Pierce)

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Goodbye forever to this brief
age of freedom.
Farewell unforgettable days and glorious nights
and leaves swept away by the wind.
We were young, we hoped for nothing
and we waited for tomorrow with the blind obstinacy
of the castaway who throws stones in the water.

Source: Polenakis, Stamatis. “The Great Enigma.” Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry, edited by Karen Van Dyck, 2017, p. 233.