DIRGE FOR A DEMICENTENNIAL

fifty years ago

when i was at auschwitz

i met franz kafka there

we were only at first

surprised to see one another

but never did talk very much

 

however on the way to

                        the gas chamber

i told him he had been right

       after all so many years ago

when he drew his famous

       melancholy conclusion

 

that lying had become

       a universal principle

something like worldwide

       phonesex i suppose

 

 

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