Know these extremes
of pain and joy
in the birth and death
of too many dreams
when their battered child
crafts a lethal toy
from love and rage
grown mad and wild
to kill and destroy
on this global stage
where opposites cast
their chaos of mind
and scream every page
not to be last,
yet always assigned
this episodical cage
where only by contrast
is value defined.

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