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--- L E O N A R D   G O N T A R E K

Though it is a beautiful day, the umbrella stand

at the Forget-Me-Not is filled.

The Déjà Vu Diner is closed for good.

Have I mentioned this?

When the stars lay down on

the cool black water, we are waiting

for it. In our age, we see only the light,

not the shape of stars. We call this Absence

of Self. When we describe this to the children,

they say they long to see the world

in this way. In secret, they are putting it off as long as they can.

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