"Isolation" an original poem based on the Joy Division song of the same title

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What I can do for you is as nothing.

I can only keep myself as everyone

does, though we may be the few who know

this much: this narrow attention to the self

concentrates us in perfect blindness to the world.

And our world expands with a vicious

contraction into unworldly pain: oh mother,

shame, shame, my best amounts to shame.

And shame I am, sums and limits me; mother,

you cannot know, you cannot because

though I write it, though I live before you,

though you have heard me sing, transfixed,

the word, I will keep it to myself. The pleasure

belongs to me in a perfected isolation that

gods would covet.
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