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he always carries a tissue packet.

but not for the reasons you assume.
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eyes closed on a contained cord.

stucco spread on

his digital clock

left blue sarcasm on the dresser drawers.

that was all he had ever done.

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took two tissues

and a pain Mother never knew

as he followed the path Google maps set.

but yellow brick roads are too expensive.

hid Halloween behind an alcohol test

yet he failed to get past the fanny packs.

or

maybe he didn't hike along a straight trail.

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-5/22/2017

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eyes closed on a contained cord.

stucco spread on
his digital clock
left blue sarcasm on the dresser drawers.

that was all he had ever done.
-
took two tissues

and a pain Mother never knew

as he followed the path Google maps set.

but yellow brick roads are too expensive.

hid Halloween behind an alcohol test

yet he failed to get past the fanny packs.

or

maybe he didn't hike along a straight trail.


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-5/22/2017
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plaid shirt.

with long sleeves to hide the color.

black jackets sweep past,

occasionally moaning flowers

from back pockets.

blue eyes stare past the bigger leg

beginning to shake.

raindrops crash against 

the mope hair heard nothing

except a nose prickled

by the dandruff. 

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plaid shirt.

with long sleeves to hide the color.

black jackets sweep past,

occasionally moaning flowers

from back pockets.

blue eyes stare past the bigger leg

beginning to shake.

raindrops crash against 

the mope hair heard nothing

except a nose prickled

by the dandruff. 
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he is the finest affirmation

of her red velvet drapes.

digs for gold beneath the couch cushions

but finds last night's leftovers instead.

there is no father anymore.

she stuffs money in dresser drawers

and broken beer bottles down her conscious.

she recoils

as he picks apart her propriety.

masks and teeth,

she sells her real estate,

afraid of lawn mowers and blood stains

and the insertion of chapped lips

before she drains away

an uncooked strand.

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he is the finest affirmation

of her red velvet drapes.

digs for gold beneath the couch cushions

but finds last night's leftovers instead.

there is no father anymore.

she stuffs money in dresser drawers

and broken beer bottles down her conscious.

she recoils

as he picks apart her propriety.

masks and teeth,

she sells her real estate,

afraid of lawn mowers and blood stains

and the insertion of chapped lips

before she drains away

an uncooked strand.
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three chairs hung down the left earbud.

knotted notes don't

translate through static statistics

of milk and cookies.

the dangling feet never stopped Santa Claus

from taking a sip 

from the kitchen ladle.

fresh nostalgia poured by the same pill.

cut n' candy

took the redness away.

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three chairs hung down the left earbud.

knotted notes don't

translate through static statistics

of milk and cookies.

the dangling feet never stopped Santa Claus

from taking a sip 

from the kitchen ladle.

fresh nostalgia poured by the same pill.

cut n' candy

took the redness away.
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mom pulled the curtains

but forgot his blackout screens.

latched the front door with her holiness.

placed dad on a pedestal and

forced the harmony.

took his notebooks

but forgot the number of

bloody noses.

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mom pulled the curtains

but forgot his blackout screens.

latched the front door with her holiness.

placed dad on a pedestal and

forced the harmony.

took his notebooks

but forgot the number of

bloody noses.

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i have the top bunk.

let five-year-old sandbox hands

drip themselves into my wine glass.

i have a king size bed.

force royal sheets to drape the staircase

banister before she tumbles on my moral peasantry.

i have the leftover cot.

take-out containers provide a pillow for

gray hair; plastic knives and uncut fingernails. 

there's no me anymore. 

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i have the top bunk.

let five-year-old sandbox hands

drip themselves into my wine glass.


i have a king size bed.

force royal sheets to drape the staircase

banister before she tumbles on my moral peasantry.


i have the leftover cot.

take-out containers provide a pillow for

gray hair; plastic knives and uncut fingernails. 


there's no me anymore. 
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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.
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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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