August 3, 2022

The hour from night to day.
The hour from side to side.
The hour for those past thirty.

The hour swept clean to the crowing of cocks.
The hour when earth betrays us.
The hour when wind blows from extinguished stars.
The hour of and-what-if-nothing-remains-after-us.

The hollow hour.
Blank, empty.
The very pit of all other hours.

No one feels good at four in the morning.
If ants feel good at four in the morning
--three cheers for the ants. And let five o'clock come
if we're to go on living.
Wislawa Szymborska




Basically, my rationale for always using plural verb agreement for "they" regardless of whether it's being used in the singular or the plural is that "you" also always takes plural verb agreement regardless of whether it's being used in the singular or the plural (i.e., always "you are", never "you is"), and spurious consistency is a time-honoured tradition in English grammatical crackpottery.
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