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Dolor of Gaia


Oft did I travel in the haunts of old

memories warm lienholders though cold

by Stygian charnels b’neath leafy groves

beside seething beaches sultry coves

reminisced deep recalling such forms

shadows departed dead antic norms

pleated of travesty latticed of spite

impassable glooms split by tendrils of light

O the dim worlds entered all unprepared

guilty innocent where no one is spared

beseeched high heavens found heavens all bare

as dystopic disorder reigned everywhere


What penances expiate our sordid sins

what love absolves afore prayer begins?

what fair deeds of charity still remain

to repeal forever our birthmarks of Cain?

upon the planet’s long wrenched breast

there be no redemption nor any sweet rest

she ready casts off our worn mortal coils

curtailing our trespass moribunding our toils

touch her once more prostrate at her feet

in Homeric despair are we made obsolete


Forfeit all mercy she doles us our due

O in Homeric dolor she bids us adieu

in fealty to Others as Mother to All

She lets go the Lapsarian Children of Baal

[©R.Kanth 2023]

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (A Novel), A Day in the Life (Novel), and Expiations (Verse), and Farewell to Modernism (Political Economy Tract).

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