What does a poet do …?

What does a poet do

when he loses his poetry?

What does a writer do 

when he loses his writerly?

What does a lover do

when he loses his belovedly?

What does a human do

when he loses his humanity?

What can any of us do 

when life no longer means?

And what can life do 

when all of us give up?*

* When your offspring of 22 and 18 suggest and agree that our – which is also to say their – civilisation has peaked, and in the future present we must live the nihilism that in my youth a blessed social democracy claimed to deny and repel, what indeed – any more – can any of us do?


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