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I try to wake up
But I am locked
In the dream
I have no whisk-bearer
To offer wisdom, and
To guide my path
So, many times, humbly,
I offer my back
To the kyosaku
Of the world
But I am still not
Nonetheless, I continue
Doing its best
All too apparent