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NOTA BENE
netskyIam

We should like to warn our readers--
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death is sometimes guised as beauty
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found in the lately popular
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flocked and fancied wallpapers.
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The risk is arsenic, a poison--
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its color a most brilliant green.
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Soon the pigment binder lofts
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motes of death in wafts inhaled
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by families, by innocence,
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unaware arsenic takes the young
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as go the old. In wasting
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is the certain symptom
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of malaise much like Consumption--
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these two causes not to be confused.
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Arsenical papers are made yet.
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We can but sound alarum
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bells in hope you shall inspect
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your home and homes of those
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you'd keep. Color, yes, it is well loved--
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all tints of rosy, healthy cheeks.
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---extracted from
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American Home Magazine, 1871
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"Arsenical Wallpapers"
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7 Jan 06

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Wonderful work.  I appreciate its unique us of language.  Okay, a little criticism )thus the critical in poetry critical).  Line 2 doesn't do it for me.  It's not nearly as original as the rest of the poem.  Similarly, rosy cheeks is an overused cliche, your creativity could come up with something better.  Overall, the best new poem today in my opinion.
 — Saldebar

Whoops, I meant "use" above...
 — Saldebar

read Wamblicante's poems, Saladbar, if you enjoyed this one. They are sure to inspire & please
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