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i ought to be better behaved

shouldn’t i?
mind my manners
and bite my tongue

because that’s what’s expected of
nice girls
my age

because the world’s been good to me
and kept me alive
and safe

or so i’m told
because to me
at least

the world
has refused to look at me
and pushed me into a dark basement

join the other corpses
that we couldn’t find a label for
and keep your mouth shut

is there a way to
convert the bird
to ink on a page?

because my mouth is still open
my eyes glued shut
and i’m walking blind

better that way
i’ll say, smiling
hands grasping thin air



i really ought to be better behaved



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