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NOTHING WILL CURE THE SICK LION BUT TO EAT AN APE', by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Perceiving that in the masked ball
Last Line: To smother us with fresh air.
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


PERCEIVING that in the masked ball
attitude, there is a hollowness
that beauty's light momentum can't redeem,
since disproportionate satisfaction anywhere
lacks a proportionate air,

he let us know without offense
by his hands' denunciatory
upheaval, that he despised the fashion
of curing us with an ape—making it his care
to smother us with fresh air.





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