poetry critical

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Random Poem:

i just want you to know
unknown

i just want you to know
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i could snuff you out
 2
in an instant,
 3
was the only thing he said
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before flipping open his knife
 5
at the video arcade in ankeny
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and slashing
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the guy's throat.
 8
 
 
minutes of testimony
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show there were seven witnesses
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all of them said
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it was completely
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unprovoked.
 13
 
 
seventeen when it happened,
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did five years in anamosa.
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he's one of these guys
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comes to work release
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with next to nothing
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maybe twenty bucks on his books
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still wears the thick rimmed
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prison issued glasses and
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stiff
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dark blue
 23
jean jacket.
 24
 
 
when i got to know him a little
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i asked about it
 26
while patting him in
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after his shift
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at titan.
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told him
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i read everyone's files
 31
for my safety
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that he didn't have to talk to me
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about it
 34
if he didn't want to.
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slid his wallet
 36
and comb
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in his back pocket
 38
 
 
i had about a fifth
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all to myself
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that day,
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he said.
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said he didn't remember saying that
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didn't remember hardly anything
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from that day
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but
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it's exactly
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what his third foster dad
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said to him every night
 49
before beating his legs
 50
with the thin edge
 51
of a yardstick.
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