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World’s End

by John Stocks

In the ‘World’s End’: finding it aptly named,
I sit alone, conjuring a personal space
Between the bar and muted walls.

Two women sit and will contrive
A disassociation of their lives,
Each face a slowly ticking clock.

I search in vain for a spiritual quest.
A blond-haired girl sighs, tugging at her dress
And I know she will never speak.

My thoughts steal away to vague abstraction
And face the enduring curse of self-reflection,
A conspiracy of silence.

Here a dead-eyed man who dreams of nothing
How could we end it all? Where would we begin?
And the blind are leading the blind.

In the World’s End, strangers I will never meet
Or recognise, should I pass them in the street,
Are withering before my eyes
In a neutral zone of wasted lives.
Silence remains, under any disguise.

Copyright © 2008 by John Stocks

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