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  ANTHONY WEIR (13th September 1941)
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The Welsh Word For 'England' Is 'Land That We Lost'

More beautiful
than a beautiful thing
is the ruin
of a beautiful thing.

The most beautiful thing is
not to have been born

and, having been born
and reborn, death
is the only decent thing.
Anthony Weir



'Who Gathers Knowledge, Gathers Pain'

(Book of Ecclesiastes)

The twist, the torque in our brains
that caused language
caused badness and sadness and madness
unique among beasts.
Take away the words (and much of the pain goes)
We are almost only words (and have nothing else to say)
Too many words in the world (and not enough truth)
The busyness and the acquisitive words (remembering...dismembering)

What can I say about words
whose naked emperor is solitude?
No gods, no magic helpers (and words are only work)
Why do we prefer stories to insight?

Religion (just the mirror of arrogance)
Philosophy (fake analysis of arrogance)
Knowledge (mere myth)
(wisdom is silence)
Thought (only words endlessly permutating
spawning their busyness)
Because we invented reason we think we are rational.

Madness is the price of language.

Can we not reduce the words that pass for awareness
(that tell us we are swimming in our sinking) ?
Reduce them to very small poems (less smug than haiku)
Or just to breathings
Or just to looks?

Let there be no more words!
Let there be no more books!
Anthony Weir




In that exotic land
coffee and pornography
arrived at the same time.
Coffee they called
'American Tea'.
Pornography they called
'American Joy'.
Anthony Weir



A Mound Of Refuse

Even the poor in our society
have six times more
than it's sane to desire

And the rich everywhere
are wanting something for nothing.
Anthony Weir
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