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Random Poem:

babies in the stomach
unknown

joey's brain just disintegrated,
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you just made his brain
 2
fall straight out of his ass,
 3
says the tall one
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with a concave chest.
 5
 
 
few nights a week
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these two
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bent pool cues
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come into the truck-stop
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after second shift
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at the pallet factory
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over in ankeny. they're
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friends with the waitress.
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all three of them are
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nineteen, twenty years old.
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apparently
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some girl at the bowling alley
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wants joey to
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screw her.
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says she's a month pregnant
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so he can come inside
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and it'll be alright.
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but i don't want to
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put another baby in her stomach,
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joey said.
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just one baby in the stomach
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at a time,
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the waitress told him.
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she'd gone into textbook detail
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about ovulation:
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how you have to ovulate
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to make a baby,
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and once you're pregnant
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you stop.
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it all
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went over joey’s head.
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so i can blow my load?
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he asked her.
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yea you can blow your load,
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she told him.
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the waitress is smart.
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too smart to be
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working at a truck-stop.
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one night she told me
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she likes to read
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psychology textbooks.
 46
 
 
but at twenty
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she's already had
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four babies
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in her stomach.
 50
 
 
there's no
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husband.
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doesn't even
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have a
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ged.
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just these two
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bent pool cues
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and all those
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mouths
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to feed.
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