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an abstemious assembly we walk on stage of a gawking amphitheater with cocksure solicitude and take stabs at immortality both profound and retarded. we wander inebriated in halls of discussion denying with a strength born of starvation and anger. we hang ashamed from rafters mumbling mendacities to the cheering crowd; surprised at our own tears. we warble melodies of staccato armor; occasionally humming harmonies of candor (though at a frequency much lower). we tried to live with ardor and ended on the rock. decided to be martyrs. got mangled by the clock. a vital look splayed on the crowd we turn upon our heels exeunt the stage the masquerade shall play without us here.
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