poetry critical

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Random Poem:

medicine, barbarism
jumpoline

i can open
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with the best of them.
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one slit to split
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the skin from chin
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to chest then down,
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blunt cut
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and push.
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inside she's like
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a parboiled onion soaked
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in fat. her flesh,
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though pliant
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likes its place
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and must be forced
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aside. i search
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with eyes
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and touch for
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you have to watch the breathing: rapid, shallow like an infant
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the vein: scoop
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aloft a flap
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worm rears up
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back purple belly white
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dives back into a sea
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of willing folds.
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it must be coaxed
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with metal fingertips,
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pried up with force
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then cleaned
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until it shines,
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pulsing, blooded,
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smooth.
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i tie her off gently
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prepare the blade
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blink off the motes
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then slice
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but not enough
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to sever.
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i fill her smooth canal
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with blunt invader,
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deeper feeding deeper
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til i strike
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the heart.
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