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Experiment 12

In Spite of Them

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In Spite of Them

Speak wisely now, but only to thyself.
Dull ears, shrewd brains, dry scorn
are all that greet
your sacred feat
or telling what you think
for they don't want to care.

Yes. Only to thyself speak softly now.
Some jeer, some savour, leer and wait
for you to make
the shy mistake
of opening your heart
for they only want to hurt.

Now whisper, whisper only once
secret, sacred, seeming sluggish
else they'll fight
for every right
to pillage Blander, libel.
They'll leave the ravaged, scoured rest.

Now selently, give soul thy voice,
to dumb things only, sky ard night.
Be ' fraid to feed
the retching greed
that wants your soul.
Godammit if they'll get that too.