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    You and I were an inside joke we kept to ourselves so often I forgot our relationship was the punchline...
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    Today I was told for the first time to hold myself as if in prayer, three x-rays later and I’m arranging prescriptions into flowers on my bedside numbers and letters on each round petal like every text from you was a poem every smile an orchestra pit You were more upset with my unanswered ...
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    We cannot see ourselves as someone else's sanctuary  looking through windows tainted by other people's image of God...
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    Said the boy to the closet “Why don’t you go undercover?” I am out of linen sheets to tuck myself in keep them folded behind closed doors so that you would not cut holes in them and make yourself a ghost to me Said the boy to the closet “Tell me, what are you doing to help yoursel...
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    Often times they slid a hand over my mouth but it was never to check if I was still breathing. Censored heart-beats beat the pattern of history getting tired of running in circles cirque de so late again. Please kill me. Please make it look like it wasn't my fault....
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    At the end of 365 days I left for the swimming pool put my head underwater where no one would hear me scream let the bubbles hit the surface as pathetic as the sounds they contained full of hot air, if not empty their entire structure dissipating once they surfaced much like someone I wish I k...
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    Hang in there seven new nooses today hang in their rightful place from the floorboards for now Hang in there at least you know you’re at the end of your rope speak from sour experience run out of sugar to coat it Hang in there because that’s all we could do our world turned upside-do...
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    Somehow there are still days you make me feel like I am playing music during a thunderstorm; I feel guilty that I couldn't hear every clap like applause for something I didn't do something I couldn't do something I could never have ever done. Thank God it never rains her...
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    The other day my father said something along the lines of "16 years ago in Denver, it was as if they rolled up the sidewalks every evening at 5." My first thought was That sounds like something you would write But what I said instead was "I've never heard you use that...
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    Today I came across some of your poetry still saved on my computer from a time before we rolled up the sidewalks and drew new lines on this winding road that somehow came to a dead end. Microsoft asks me "Darling, do you still think of me?" I would try to type a reply but I know...
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    It's been two full school years since I wrote in this journal. And I wish I was writing myself to say, don't worry, it gets better. I wish I was writing to say starting high school will give you that clean start. Your first day, some a**hole will "accidentally" spill cherry Dr...
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    In the seventh grade you wrote down your dreams in a journal simply because you could never remember, but by the eighth all of them were nightmares. One night, when your friend told you he wished he was dead you ripped out every page that wasn't about him and shoved it back on the to...
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    If I was asked to paint a picture of you I might use blue, the cliché “sea after a storm” but not nearly as f---ing deep and yellow which is usually associated with bright happy things but I think it’s the decision a dandelion makes after night falls when its white canvas the teac...
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    After work today I came home and took on the couch I was so tired And they looked at me, scolding: You know better than to stay up late reading novels. But today (and every day) It was only my joints creaking laughing at the imaginary novel and wincing at the same time with the weight...
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    Today when you came home you were too tired to notice you were still wearing your name tag on your t-shirt from work. When Dad teased you about it, you smiled and replied: “I remembered who I was today.” and I was so jealous of the way your tongue could unclip those worlds like that name tag...
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    I'm still wishing on airplanes still wishing on Tuesday nights and the city street lights As if they might fall off their lampposts comment on dreams and message the late-night office overhead projecting those business flights against the dark backdrop of nightmares For those kids who stil...
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    She took a heart beating but didn't even believe in the warmth of her own blood All she'd ever known were cold-hearted stares cold feet cold shoulders The frostbite took off more than it could chew She took a heart beating and choked...
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    Post after post "Make the most of what you have; Grab life by the horns," This is how we mourn now this is how we justify ignoring tonight’s news tomorrow Some poem about sorrow a status about grief for the relief of knowing it wasn’t you not this time anyway Today I scrolled...
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    I’m tripping over the edges of carpet where we’ve folded over the stains That are really our true colors but because they don’t match just like the pain when you left I pretend they don’t exist I’m trying to fill in the holes you left behind but I was never good at weaving what I k...
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    Do you remember when we met over the summer during a rained out softball game getting ice cream at a Cold stone and we laughed at how we had the same freckle on our left knee, remember that week when you refused to capitalize your name on any of your school papers because you didn’t feel importa...
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    Hold her fold her in your arms close like when you told her low and forever when together is such a strong word don’t scare away your birds of a feather still kiss her till she feels like flying you’re trying too hard to be something you’re not as if somehow she forgot the pas...
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    It’s my life Boulevard of broken dreams Brick by boring brick Breakdown It’s only me This is the night...
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    Smooth criminal Come away to the water All the rowboats Blown away Apologize...
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    Storybook Love Holding out for a hero Enchanted Love Story It is you (I have loved) All I ever wanted Already gone I’m on my way Pinch me...
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    Just a game Bring him home Endless Night War at home The Call Just a dream I’ll never forget you I will always love you Long Live All imperfect things The sacrifice The wounded How...

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