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Descent into nowhere
by John Van der Kiste

Sunday, May 26, 2002

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Close your eyes and float away
Nowhere –
To be the nobody
You always feared you were.

You’re lonely – no-one to hold your hand
You’re hungry – no-one to feed your mind.

Light a candle – why?
No candlelight would ever burn
Against the swirling desert
Of the endless road
Through night eternal.

Don’t talk of safety –
There is no safety –
Only the folly of the innocent.

And there is no world –
Only the table talk of the pessimists
And the tears of the frightened.

Written in 1982, driving home late at night, feeling rather tired, vaguely downcast without knowing why, and wanting to escape but not really knowing where

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