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Tobi Newson

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On Knowledge

no one knows anyone
not really
not fully
there are ways, of course
like remembering a look
recalling a scent
the way a kiss lingers
maybe even forever
one can know
or suppose to know
the way another may feel
or react
their hopes, dreams, desires
wild insecurities
successes
diagnosable ailments, sure
but no one knows anyone
not really
not fully
not the way cells may be
silently attacking their organs
as they sleep
not the way thoughts planted decades ago
may be poisoning their hearts
or building their walls
or breaking them down
not the things they try so hard
to hide
or so desperately wish
they didn’t have to
not things they themselves
don’t know
won’t know
no
no one knows anyone
not really.

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