qui vive

unseen, sans wings
alone above an unknown wind

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unsung, no throat swells
no tongue conveys, nor eyes contain

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no flesh burns here
no doubt, no alibi

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suns race silent far below
planets swing, comets chase

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qui vive? la liberté
qui vive? freedom

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Qui vive means, loosely, Who goes there? A sentry’s challenge.

Sans means without. An old word stolen from the French centuries ago.

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