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985: Who Am I, Without Exile? – Part One
CK (30 September 1965 / Mumbai, India)

985: Who Am I, Without Exile? – Part One

Poem By Catastrophe KING

I am a stranger on the riverbank, and
Like the river, water binds me to your name!
Nothing brings me back from that distance
To the oasis: neither war nor peace!

Nothing grants me entry into the gospels!
Just nothing! Nothing shines from the shores
With the ebb tide of Tigris or flow of the Nile!
Nothing lifts me down from the Pharaoh's chariots.

Nothing carries me, or loads me with an idea:
Neither nostalgia, nor promise!
What shall I do? What shall I do without exile?
And, a long night of gazing at the water?

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Too good
...The Pharaoh gazes with pride from atop his lofty golden chariot.. at the wonders he has created.. the massive statues, sculpted gardens and palaces so fine.. yet, the peace he craves can only be a gift from above...


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