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he was born
on the fifteenth day
of the eighth month


because of this

he preferred
the beginning of things


preferred crowds to princes

crossed Europe twice
sang the hymn of our times


in the winter
when they took him out
the citizens milled


some ran about in circles

cried out in their despair

all the world is lost


others were less frenetic

swore their solemn oath

to undue what he had done


others silently noted

the storm which had gathered

on the horizon

Adam Gerard