March 22nd, 2021. EARNEST

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"Meaningless" by M.A.A.
<fascinating what this person says about faith,
presenting something so applicable
as merely a set of practice,
fixed yet varied, forming patters in vain
like loops on a textile -
but was it not inevitable, then,
our metaphysical exile?>
a wish written on a soiled flag
waiving along the border
polearms towards the heat
a hole in the corner
grabbing onto the rim
my hands sliding away
what a failure of your theory
ridiculous, meaningless, but fiery
there may be a way out for us all
but it certainly isn't here
there maybe a revolving portal
but behind a wandering mythos
some leper knew, wished 'so long'
and left without a trace
now we try every way
every meter
every material
every moment
to see them one more time
there may be something essential for us
but certainly not here
amidst this earnest fear
innocently plaintive
quietly defeatist,
at the end of the pike
worn by its fight;
if we told you to stare into irrelevance
now it's only for perseverance
and if there is something so strange
even a gnostic loses their mind
there must be something so obvious
we cannot tell it from a lie
yes, the world already ended
and it made its point clear;
peregrination foiled -
what a failure of your theory
ridiculous, meaningless, but fiery

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“Untitled” by Vian Borchert

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"Verses Written on a Play" by S.J. Saighead 

Like you man in the play with two names,
Leading inevitable to confusion comedy
Leading two lives, one here, one there;
A life married and of course, sodomy.

You could pass on the street and not know,
So well the mask covers, though who Earnest is
Remains the topic of speculation, idle gossip,
The Truth forever and endlessly his.

The dramatic irony, how important this name
And the virtue it points to, classically comical.
Behind the curtain of course, a man with a name
Playing a man with two, and all of them hiding

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"Missing Earnest" by Vian Borchert
When I was young I read the novel by Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest, 
I loved the writings of Wilde
and how deeply they delved in their study of the human character
I wondered though how many people are sincerely Earnest 
in this world 
around us.
This made me ponder
the question 
Are there any earnest people out there?
I hope so
For humanity's sake. 

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Next exhibition theme: SLEEP

Deadline: Midnight, April 4th

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Published by artisticdifferencescurator

My name is Seán and I am the creator and curator of the Artistic Differences Project. I started this project during the lockdown in Ireland due to COVID-19 in March 2020 as a way to get my friends and I creating during a troubling time. From there the project as gone from strength to strength and now we publish a new exhibition every two weeks.

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