The wounded bears of this belated land,
trailing deceit; and a lingering death:
bore me with their appraisals of excellence.
Accomplices to culture still-born, these
picayune mediocrities forge no sense
of self: damage or display, apologists.
You do well to beware such politics;
domestic confederates, nationalist failures:
the talented and their imitators.
Let them vanish into the forest deep, where
I have set up a meditation and a prayer:
forecasting sudden but true, and rare transformation.
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