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  • Mary
    Jul 31, 2012
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      Self-Portrait

      He wants to be
      a brutal old man,
      an aggressive old man,
      as dull, as brutal
      as the emptiness around him,

      He doesn't want compromise,
      nor to be ever nice
      to anyone. Just mean,
      and final in his brutal,
      his total, rejection of it all.

      He tried the sweet,
      the gentle, the "oh,
      let's hold hands together"
      and it was awful,
      dull, brutally inconsequential.

      Now he'll stand on
      his own dwindling legs.
      His arms, his skin,
      shrink daily. And
      he loves, but hates equally.

      Robert Creeley
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