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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Robin Helweg-Larsen is British-born but Bahamian-raised. His education came from good schools, hitchhiking on five continents and working all over the place. His poetry has mostly been published in the UK (Snakeskin, Ambit, etc), but also in the US (Shot Glass, The HyperTexts, etc), Canada, Australia and India. He lives in his hometown of Governor's Harbour on Eleuthera.

Robin Helweg-Larsen

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I Open My Receptors

I open my Receptors:
Victims of endless wars catch at my sleeve.
I open my Receptors:
A hundred girls brush by me: glance, touch, leave.
I open my Receptors:
The sunrise wraps me in a robe of rose,
Apes in my skull debate our social roles,
Along my spine a lizard hunts food, sex.
The future stretches out - grim and sublime,
Till humans disappear, or coalesce –
Though some flee to another space and time.
I open my Receptors
To all of life: its glories and its grime.