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Indestructible

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With furrowed brow, he took the plastic stems and began to beat the blossom ends against the black brick wall.

justice in obverse and reverse

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seriously: let defendants choose their coin, / execute their own calls, make their own coin flips― / attentive referee, no need for a court.

The Problems of a Thousand Nights

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You had the problems of a Thousand Nights That’s what was wrong with you If only you had opened up the clam And let your fur fly loose We might have had a chance to lose Everything about us that kept us from Loving, even destroying each

another distance

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only after you slipped away entirely

Bulldozer

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First the room is blank white and then she is placed there and one by one everything is penciled in. Her, in a loose and flowery dress that conceals her feet; a black and white cat, who wraps her tail around her legs and looks up, head moving trying to interpret;…

Tatters

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inside i know my heart rattles cause outside i'm only seeing that the truth is in tatters

At a supermarket checkout looking through a window on May Day.

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So I missed the May Day parade again.

The Buzzard

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There was a buzzard in the sky. It was hovering above Louisa. She put her straw hat on and forgot about the bird. Her hand was full of grains. She opened it, threw them in the air to let them fall like rain over Jollie, her hen. Louisa then started reading and Jollie…

in caring

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familiar people passing closely faces we recognize but cannot place

A Tender Button

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He looked at a man in a straw hat on YouTube and thought “that could've been me, if I'd learned to play the guitar.” He savored the wistfulness of the moment. The pluperfect always made him sad. But the conditional was almost too much to bear. Octopi were a…

Deep, Deep Brown

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Arcana Magi Bolt

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Sofia looked around and found herself at a boulevard. She could see the town exit ahead of her. The bike still lied on the ground.

A Tinder Ghost

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Do you know if you were actually speaking to me there?

A Journey (on Foot) Through Hostile Lands

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Love comes and goes as it pleases. Plant lives matter you know. Isn't it so obvious? I'm sure you've noticed or felt like you've been here before. Maybe forever. Just ask any hand-held camera or open book. Well. How many times can we…

More from The Chronicles of His Demise

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Dread and drudgery sour each day

she's everything's possible

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she's balanceshe's no regretshe's be yourselfshe's promises madeshe's dreams never endshe's a rainbowshe's last night on earthshe's head over heelsshe's oh yeahshe's purple rosesshe's sweet surrendershe's ever after blissshe's all the riches she's behind the wheelshe's…

pop music till yer brains bulge blue!

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every color of sound turned to green / human beasts’ treadmill tastes must be trained: / we may yet starve to death, but we’ll die de-brained!

A Burst of Color

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There’s a sudden Burst of color Like the dispersal of a ghost In a light wind And now candy wrappers are Scattered all over the heavens It looks like God got lit up By the sky As we flew too c

You Should Know

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Do you know how much it takes to holdthe spring you love against your lips? No angel, or I, will ever begrudge, nor the planets that have to slow their pace and stumble their orbits a degree behind to make the magic that keeps our grip. We could have been elephants…

Schadenfreude

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It's 50/50 that you'll ever pad your knee enough to ever kneel on it. Your back hurts, the Orthapedist labels it arthritis. I think that means we're getting old, so I crawl up the tower of your body as I'm a little younger, more sprightly. You're a

Surge Of Green

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Already past the harbinger of yellow crocus

Gusts

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a girl in a red cap flashes by

deja not

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I haven't felt my soul leave my body

Confession

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As a boy Edward had stayed in the confessional several times in a row. The priest was drunk and couldn't tell it was the same kid over and over. The tiny door slid open…”Scobbity bobbity…tell me your sins…” Edward confessed what he thought were sins, then said…

The Roses of Gettysburg

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Mothers and sons and war, an old story...

The Gypsy Girl

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The girls had gathered in the hall. Carefully dressed and made up, they appeared as rows of variegated artworks in front of the audience. In their eyes the lights flickered like small luminous petals. Celia sat in the middle row. The spirit was exactly right. Her decision…

Broken

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I turned to ask, “What is going on? Don't you remember me? “ But she was gone

The Generosity of Perishable Objects

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"As soon as you're born, they make you feel small."--John LennonI cannot do anything about how beautiful you are, my sour flower, but I can tell you this much: Joni Mitchell is better than all the cowards in the world. They all chose to somehow…

Contortionist

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a poem that unwrapped itself so casually I tucked it under my tongue, just to make sure

Visitations

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The squirrels love the sun