The spines of the busy

In business, wherein one is busy
in as much caprice as possible,
men ache to become hermits. They
despise solipsism and live in it.
In idleness, wherein one is busy
thinking—for atoms think, too,
how Voltaire said—men ache
to erect a commons in which
one man in many thinks the thoughts
of others. Feeble forces determine
which eremite among us silences
all the cloistered others,
all the teeming spines that learned
how to speak in mock industry.

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~ by Jeremy on June 14, 2013.

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