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Je Suis une table

It has happened suddenly,
By surprise, in an arbor,
Or while drinking good coffee,
After speaking, or before,

That I dumbly inhabit
A density; in language,
There is nothing to stop it,
For nothing retains an edge.

Simple ignorance presents,
Later, words for a function,
But it is common pretense
Of speech, by a convention,

And there is nothing at all
But inner silence, nothing
To relieve on principle
Now this intense thickening.


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Poem Je Suis une table - Donald Hall