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Poem by Mary Hobson


Meditations on Marcus Aurelius


           Wait in peace for extinction,	
           or an altered state.
 
Im waiting in peace for extinction.
Im taking your splendid advice.
But I would like to make one distinction;
I dont mean to go through it twice.
So can you assure me that this is
the absolute, ultimate end?
The thought that youre taking the piss is
a bit of a downer, my friend.
Suggesting that states can be altered
is really not helpful, you know.
I dont like to feel that you faltered
when Im perfectly happy to go.

April, 2001

Mary Hobson


Mary Hobson's other poems:
  1. Laundry Blues
  2. The Counsellors
  3. Summer in Zaraisk or Who wrote Shakespeare?
  4. Waterloo Station
  5. Now I will always know that you died


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