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growing pains.

chop block bats a blunt composition

eyelid trellis is more mask and less shield.

lip gloss left on the counter.

right of way

to the brandy and its boundary.

eclipsed, e.lisped off the coffee table.

unsheathed.

like a tree with bark off the three.

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growing pains.

chop block bats a blunt composition

eyelid trellis is more mask and less shield.

lip gloss left on the counter.

right of way

to the brandy and its boundary.

eclipsed, e.lisped off the coffee table.

unsheathed.

like a tree with bark off the three.
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thumbtacks on the refrigerator.

dotted the.. {intertwined with} 

messy fingerprints.

"stainless steel."- a family joke. 

before there were no jokes anymore.

 

fireplace poker left 

on the weathered sofa

&

let the prospected violence

close our eyes. 

      -more of a blanket. 

than a bucket of ice.

      

      -less of a crane

than a wrecking ball.

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but we welcome that now.

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thumbtacks on the refrigerator.

dotted the.. {intertwined with} 

messy fingerprints.

"stainless steel."- a family joke. 

before there were no jokes anymore.
 
fireplace poker left 

on the weathered sofa
&
let the prospected violence

close our eyes. 

      -more of a blanket. 

than a bucket of ice.
      
      -less of a crane

than a wrecking ball.
--------
but we welcome that now.




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monotonous motel misery.

the chipped paint behind the garbage can

spacebarneverpushed

or pulled

from between cold fingertips.

or given gifts of continence.

propriety left to the whims

and whimpers

of only the most temperate

wind through the willows.

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monotonous motel misery.

the chipped paint behind the garbage can

spacebarneverpushed

or pulled

from between cold fingertips.

or given gifts of continence.

propriety left to the whims

and whimpers

of only the most temperate

wind through the willows.
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foot falls asleep against the rocking chair

two conventional

movements.

loose ends lullaby shoelaces,

shoelates.

cannot conceive time.

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foot falls asleep against the rocking chair

two conventional

movements.

loose ends lullaby shoelaces,

shoelates.

cannot conceive time.

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2nd floor telescope on soccer practice.

condensation cries 75 lines away.

common practice.

to muddle the

routines.

inexorable lisps are inaccessible

to white walls and the way things are.

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2nd floor telescope on soccer practice.

condensation cries 75 lines away.

common practice.

to muddle the

routines.


inexorable lisps are inaccessible

to white walls and the way things are.
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past tense is not relaxed.

a nostalgia note on the fridge door. 

left before the leftover lasagna...

mixed with the unravelling

of my layers. 

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past tense is not relaxed.

a nostalgia note on the fridge door. 

left before the leftover lasagna...

mixed with the unravelling

of my layers. 
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a thicker thistle thatched the roof.

laden with exclamation points from grandma's alphabet soup.

mini-school, minuscule.

fingernails can't persevere his already scratched

tic-tac-toe crossweir-worded

forearm.

grandma can't look away from the...

creativity.

but her's is automatic---

there is no water anymore.

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a thicker thistle thatched the roof.

laden with exclamation points from grandma's alphabet soup.

mini-school, minuscule.

fingernails can't persevere his already scratched

tic-tac-toe crossweir-worded

forearm.

grandma can't look away from the...

creativity.

but her's is automatic---

there is no water anymore.
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paper planes aren't indispensable anymore.

mother's crayons are now the bruises

from dad.

rifts in the white picket fence.

all the weight his mom tried to hide in a "little brown bag."

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paper planes aren't indispensable anymore.

mother's crayons are now the bruises

from dad.

rifts in the white picket fence.

all the weight his mom tried to hide in a "little brown bag."

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ringed fingers frigid at the front door.

doorknob regurgitates the axis of

a rusted hinge, everything

contained onto the shiniest shoes.

he's a smart kid.

from the 45 degree angle

hat, previously placed; it satiates

the bare bottom need

for acknowledgement.

knowledge meant for

the peer plucked package

of astute common sense-

but the kid still bashed his brains

out against the knocker. 

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ringed fingers frigid at the front door.

doorknob regurgitates the axis of

a rusted hinge, everything

contained onto the shiniest shoes.

he's a smart kid.

from the 45 degree angle

hat, previously placed; it satiates

the bare bottom need

for acknowledgement.

knowledge meant for

the peer plucked package

of astute common sense-

but the kid still bashed his brains

out against the knocker. 
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the back corner of his bedroom

is the best place for spiders,

scorpions and knives.

Mother knows this.

but her kitchen kettle

is the best place for

pain, terror and tears.

-

she knows the importance of coffee.

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the back corner of his bedroom

is the best place for spiders,

scorpions and knives.

Mother knows this.

but her kitchen kettle

is the best place for

pain, terror and tears.

-

she knows the importance of coffee.
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