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The Examined Life Once there were Spiders, bluejays, and dark tadpoles Wriggling in dark ditch waters. In the body was a silent ocean With sea anemones, starfish, and seahorses. There were fantasies that became flames. Now this bright world is only Notations, scribbles on pages. Now, only alleys of unraveling cloth And cracked dolls. The minute-hand's mania And the short skirt's scenario Rule a life of pharmacies and grocery carts.