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The Mad State

It's all in pieces by now,
and it happened today.
It would be a surprise
if I hadn't seen it coming
for years and years.

like the raindrop
pooling on a failing roof.
Wet and stubborn
like the old man
who won't leave his crumbled home.

like the words
read from a book
whose pages won't turn.
The book falling into mush
into a bleeding pulp
soaked in a year's rain.
The water is pooling around
slowly building up.

I have seen this day.
I have felt this hour.
I can sense the impending moment
when the snap will come
but I won't hear it.

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