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inception-limbo_crashesThe Palace of Art

Inside the rented room of refuge from

Awaiting loss and loneliness the cracks

Upon the walls and window panes are maps

Of how they will fulfill their journey home.


As panic beats upon the doors and floors

In incantations of strange poetry

Until the kettle fumes and offerings

Of bread and booze blot out the winter sun.


They live in little boxes by the sea

In contemplation of eternity

With no idea of what it means

Except preparing buttered toast and beans


They live in blocks of flats in the towns

In art is their transcendence to be found.


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