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Ophelia knew what I did not... Mag 301





















© Shers Gallagher 2016
Ophelia knew what I did not...
that life is unhinged.
And everything in it whittles down,
down, down, down
to vain and worthless glory.

Ophelia knew what I did not...
that to enjoy love is a momentary thing,
and so is sanity.
Everything else is vanity,
vanity, vanity, vanity
in a broken stream of passing celebration.

Aisling Books / Magpie Tales

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  1. ah- the last line says it all!

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  2. lovely lines, so deep and beautiful! esp 'a broken stream of passing celebration'! <3

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