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(1982 / Brisbane)

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Hermann Hesse and River Phoenix in Holograms

Hermann Hesse
sighed writing glass beads
and
River Phoenix
died doing speed balls

River in the viper room
Hermann in the typer room

Siddartha's
love interest
who was killed with a snake too
like river

named after the river
in Siddhartha

his parents joined a cult,
the children of God

just like Siddhartha
experienced
renewed popularity in the sixties
with hippies
like river's parents
who fell out with the cult
of the father
like Siddhartha

staring at the river
River stares at the ceiling
sky high
escaping from the present picture
a starry night
in Hollywood
though like the past picture
from Holland

from Germany
Herman Hesse
was a good friend of
Thomas Mann, who wrote
Death in Venice
though his son Klaus, who wrote
Mephisto, also wrote his
Death in Cannes
River, though Californian like Klaus, wrote his
Death in Los Angeles
some would say rendered vulnerable
owing to elder views of the dishonourable

Following that despicable monstrosity
World War One
Hermann Hesse had a breakdown
marriagal and or nervous,
so he visited the father of synchronocity

Should we therefore impeach
those dreamers who preach
while corresponding practice
might be communing with cactus

Or was all this the price of fame?

Or simply a chance recurrence
of a kind of
glass bead mirror game?

Submitted: Tuesday, January 06, 2009


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