The First Shrike

The First Shrike
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If You Only Knew (seperates he from me) The Shrike appears in all of the Hyperion books and is something of an enigma; its true purpose isn't 'revealed' until the second book, but even then it is left a malleable purpose. In fact, this explanation is changed significantly in the latter two books (The Endymion duology) . The Shrike appears to act both autonomously and as a servant of some unknown force or entity, and in the first two Hyperion books, exists solely in the area around the Time Tombs on the planet Hyperion. In the latter two, it is effectively unfettered.

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Unkind Words

Unkind Words

Meant not for her
no understanding than
to say most unstable

With holding from her husband
thinking me overly intelligent
abundantly so

Terrible actions such lack
of for sight did cause us

Things would differently be done
if this knowledge I could
of had

She thought I hated her
when to the extrema side
to that word never heard

Now she does hate me
for such doings
such hate I have never seen
except in the movies sociopath

To mend such a thing
a scar on my heart ...

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