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and the mass exceeds the buoyancy/ and gravity pulls you back,

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Somewhere a banjo, somewhere a hound.


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“Easter’s coming,” my wife says. “Should I dress as a bunny or a chicken?” she asks. She means for the costume party.

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He wants me to squawk words at him in the middle of the night.


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Fear Us, Oh Yes.

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Don’t mangle what is beautiful. Shut your pie hole if you can’t speak coherently.

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She grinned when he steadied himself against the sofa. “Boy, I know you.”

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Library life is full of surprises.

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My art teacher hated Salvador Dali.


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Train whistles in wintertime made him feel lonely.

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When you collapse, fall in my stupid direction Or: if I say, you're the chosen one, do something shiny


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If this was the day when the bribes of whiskey and US dollars would fail to work. If on this day a black bag, smelling of shit and fear, would be pulled over his head – the bloodied roots of a knocked out tooth tickling his neck.


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