Glenn Bagshaw

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On Turning Twenty-One

On Turning Twenty-One
(the sound, the fury)

With today, twenty-one years
has been wasted to make a fool;
all squandered years
and thrown away ambition
and first hope as well.
My regrets for the pointless efforts
of parental prayers,
and the flesh-dancing bones
and the skull that smiles-
though trapped, though trampled
since that inward aspect
hates itself.

Yet even this hate is wasted
and the moment, now-
candles will flame away,
crumbles the cake and the years
like tears fall down.
All of everything ...

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