Long Article

Alas
the students are in despair
despair
for the article
they must read this week
is ten pages long
ten pages
with footnotes
with actual footnotes
with terrible footnotes
and a bibliography

How
can anyone be expected
to read so much material
in a single week?
Where is the horse?
Where its rider?
Weep for the sparrow’s flight
through the mead hall
existence is meaningless
and death
comes to us all

The article looms
like a frosty harbinger of destiny
and the students troop towards it
doom-filled
not yet realising
they are going to need
to look up the word “epiphenomenal”

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