Beyond all this, the wish to be alone:
However the sky grows dark with invitation—cards
However we follow the printed directions of sex
However the family is photographed under the flag—staff —
Beyond all this, the wish to be alone.
 
Beneath it all, the desire for oblivion runs:
Despite the artful tensions of the calendar,
The life insurance, the tabled fertility rites,
The costly aversion of the eyes away from death —
Beneath it all, the desire for oblivion runs.

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