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Loaded mind*
    spills over
    Zen you've to find
    as circuit-breaker
* 50,000 thoughts flash through the mind in a single day, according to neuro-science research
 7d nivek
I will dance
And I will spin
Until the room blurs
And the lightless gaps
Between swaying bodies
Absorb my ache
And longing

I will twist
And I will wring
Dizzily releasing
Whatever still clings
To my depleting soul
And replace it with champagne

And I will dance
 7d nivek
And I,
The singer
And bringer
Of death,
Do cast unto you
For all that I’ve wept
Though hard
As I try,
And fight
As I might,
My tender heart
Wasn’t meant
For this life
And it, too,
Be kept
Dear Emptiness,

All of Life happens within
and without you.

-the Void
 Mar 26 nivek
joe machetto
in a lagoon
of black dust
shines a single star

lashed to the
deepest wells inside me
I see nothing else

no other light
but this absolute

to dim my scowl
and unwind
my coiled veils
yet possibly deadly
it empties streets
makes us quarantine
cities  regions  nations
hits us unprepared
reminds us that pandemics
can also happen in our time

a few days ago I walked downtown
a strange quietness filled the air
made me react to noises and sounds
I had not even noticed
when streets were full with people and cars

     even the wail of distant ambulance sirens
     sounded louder and more ominous

I only saw occasional joggers
a few women airing their pet dogs
more bicycled food deliveries than usual

they hardly acknowledged my existence
glances did not meet
my friendly nods were rarely returned

we have all become solitary strangers
keeping their safe distance
pandemic quietness emptiness distance strangers
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