A Self Extended Beyond the Self

 

I keep myself in my pocket

and take out when I’m bored.

Precious as a lover’s locket

my self is not easily ignored.

 

Sometimes, when I forget

who I am, when I can’t remember,

I become impatient or upset

for what seems like forever.

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Ozymandias Revisited

 

If you’re ever floating down the Congo

be sure to visit the small village of Gbadolite,

home to the stately pleasure-dome of Mobutu

the former Ozymandias of Zaire.

For twenty dollars the squatters in the palace,

his former soldiers and their families,

will let you have a look around the place.

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