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1. Neruda’s Beads
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in the pale moon of your neck
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a spider’s lulling flower, two beads
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rolling inside the hollows of your face
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open, willingly before your born
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2. pinecone.
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i am
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the sum of
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the nestled vales,
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plucked seeds
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and hurtled cones,
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that stem from
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the muddy limbs
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of your inner
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forest
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3. I like to meet in tongues
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behind the walls of your inner ear
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my tongue, like a cold metal key
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licking the sweet apple of your skull
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4. Black and white-67
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into the green, the brass cases
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like a fountain of shiny pennies
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“this is nuts, brother…” says Martin, as he
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takes one to the gut, one to the face
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our point-man, down, a barrage of hot led,
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mortars, and the noxious stench of napalm
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till all is silent but for a few static chirps  
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of radio chatter on the eastern front
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5. Sanctuary-67
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sitting in Dong Ha
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beyond the red eyes of Gio Linh
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an old priest, consumed
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by dirt, dust, communion
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and the horror of death’s echo
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6. Orca
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behind the grave of your weeping ivy
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the ghost of your bruised sea
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drifts into a yellow mosaic
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of rusting shame
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7. Death and Ghosts
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twice now, you have burdened me
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with the insubstantial words
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of your feeble mind, soaking
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the edges of your idle, white, fingers
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8. orgasmatron
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de•cep•ti•con  [dih-sep-ti-kon]
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-noun
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   1. a trans-sexual, a he-she, demigod queen of injected silicon
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   2. a rear-ender, a man-storming, transforming monkey with a slick-red shotgun
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   3. not a go-bot
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9. Be’MikeBauer
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for mike on his birthday
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two tired men
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for his ole
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dis’colored peter
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10. book of honest poems #1 i stole my wife’s smile
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two thousand
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and four notes later
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i still can’t get her
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to believe
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that it was never a matter of love
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never a matter of choice
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just that the car seat
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was too goddamn
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comfortable
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to leave
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11. linus inspired buffalo bill (repssst!)
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he had the ugliest one
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ever- but sometimes
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i’d fall to my knees
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bobbing at his size 9
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noodle like a chicken
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till he’d come all over
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my face with his
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sick sailor’s junk
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12. Grunts-67
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hell is
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disco dancing
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with your mother
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while she skirts
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at your belt buckle
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and tongues
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your handgun
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till your eyes
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glaze over
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and you grunt
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in horror
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13. Cheshire Cat-67
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when young boys jostle
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to be first to touch the pink
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and have their hard-stick
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held and played with
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you’re bound to find a few
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grinning, in their sleep
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14. Existence in Poetic Space
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out of an old red trunk
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the ghost of her secrets
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fingers her vast spaces
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till she writhes and shakes
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into a night of descending
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          loneliness
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15. Brittaney
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trembling like a needle
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in a smoke filled room
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I kissed the flesh of her
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tight money-junk
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