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  • Jules the maddening ruler began by stating that now is the time

    when the fishermen no longer fish
    when the osprey circles without diving
    when the cold mountain no longer pikes
    up in the sky because diamond air no longer wraps it around
    when the businessman is still at his desk
    when kings serve other kings
    when I serve the king of england
    when the cat no longer mouses
    when the sleepers no longer rest
    when houses on the street are bathed in electric fire
    when good people are no longer good
    when good people are no longer people
    when kilns fire nothing
    when a graveyard dog digs up his dead master
    when potshard emolates briefly
    when we are kith and kin
    when gods become intimate and private
    when ivory figurines no longer suffice
    when our savior hangs himself on an elm
    when our fathers recount their trips to the supermarket
    when gold is gold no more
    when all that we have done will be undone
    when oppossums bear live young upon the hay pallet
    when the farmer polishes his scyth and sickle
    when the hammer hammers a nailhead
    when stopping for coffee no longer means anything
    when the radio talks
    when the scholars give up
    when goldfish grow up to be koi
    when the old apartment lined and
    labyrinthined with scrolls
    books and apothecary cabinets is
    torn down and rebuilt up, shinier only
    when words point only to other words
    when there is no thing in this world
    when buttons are no longer tendered
    when we stop being mercantile with our souls
    when contractors market their work without warning
    when seaside villages rule the seas
    when grasshoppers no longer rule the grass
    when the mortgage broker listens quietly
    when old day laborers apply for visas
    when languages are not themselves
    when the knife shapener is coming
    when people here are like people there
    when the fern will grow in direct sunlight
    when the rabbit shank is defurred and hung for sale
    when the small numbers we carry around with us are inverse
    when flak is flak
    when the crested night warbler is filagreed and fine
    when pans are deglazed with filtered water
    when the airwaves are silent and the cold dark
    burst of the night is transmitted down the
    powerlines into every home and the ruled will take note
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