Everything you do has long been done before

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Everything you do has long been done before
But you and this obsession are joined at the hip
You do it anyway and you still want more

Factory-worker, seamstress, smackhead, whore
A life moving along at a nice unpleasant clip
Everything you do has long been done before

Excess of desperation oozing from each pore
Hungry gulping now that started as a sip
You do it anyway and you still want more

Pretending that you can't hear death's chaotic roar
As you delicately insert that tip
Everything you do has long been done before

Surrounded by thieves and sisters in gore
Waiting for the ambulance nothing but a blip
You do it anyway and you still want more

Laudanum, datura, weeds from afore
Imagine you're de Quincey taking a sip
Everything you do has long been done before
You do it anyway and you still want more

 

 

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Nah! Nothing we do has been done before. It is always new and different. It cant be the same when it's done at a different time even if the time difference is the only difference!
Joe Goerke | 06 September 2006


This is an impressive poem that combines deep insight with an accomplished command of that loveliest and most demanding of forms, the villanelle.
Robert Hefner | 12 September 2006


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