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my
mother

would
wake up

hung
over

from

too
much
wine

the
night
before

but
woke up

early
anyway

and

dumped
out

my
father’s
bedpan

then
cleaned him
up a bit

after
that

it
was
on

to us

clean
pants

&
white
shirts

she
wore

her
sunglasses

the sun

was
too
cruel

on
her
eyes

in
the
morning

when
all she

wanted
to do was

forget
her bad luck

for
a bit

when
we made

our
way

into
the church

the
people’s

eyes
were

dull

and
their

teeth
glistened

like
knives

while

the
preacher’s

voice
boomed

about
how to

get
to
hell
quick

the
only
thing

i
learned

praying
on bent
knees

was
that
in the
eyes

of
the multitudes

of
the gods

is
that

survival

is a
sin.

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Shakespeare
wrote of two
young lovers

wet behind
the ears

offing
themselves

because
each thought

the other was dead
and the moral of it all
i don’t know but if
you aren’t dying for
love of something then
the doctor bills & the hospitals bills
were for shit.

headshot

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