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the crack whore
unknown

looks like
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any other
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middle aged
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caucasian woman
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in line
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at the grocery store.
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started smoking a little on the weekends
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then a pinch
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and another pinch
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and she was being dispatched
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to various motels
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by a man named ray-ray
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who paid her
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in just enough crack
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to keep her viable.
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now
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she takes ambien
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to sleep at night
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and xanax
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to function during the day.
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she's out of both
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at the moment
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having been shipped
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to a halfway house
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in des moines iowa
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by the federal bureau
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of prisons.
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i'd like to
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give her a hug
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tell her everything
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will be ok.
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but that kind of
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human decency
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would get me fired.
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my coworker
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undoes
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her handcuffs.
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back against the wall,
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i say
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taking her picture.
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21 Jul 11

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xanax
 — unknown

You're a beautiful soul to write something like this.  So sad.  :-(
L's 28-40 are heartwrenchingly perfect.  Good work!  :-)
 — starr

How sad and beautiful at the same time.  Excellent telling.  

I would love to see the ending as, "taking her picture as gently as I can."  As if even the flash will wound her.
 — Isabelle5

I agree with Starr and Isabelle, this is both beautiful and sad.  Very well written, displaying the compassionate soul of the author.
 — mtharp

You guys are nuts when he is objectifying women in his other poems what do u say then
 — unknown

As long as he writes it well, does it matter?
 — Isabelle5

Exactly aesthetics trumps morality
 — unknown

This is poetry.  If Justin were out humping women and posting videos, I wouldn't be watching.  It's not a morality issue for me, it's reading poetry.
 — Isabelle5

Stunning, grabs you and pulls you briefly into her world.
 — stan

I really enjoyed your use of human decency and the picture of this woman looking like any other woman
 — unknown

i don't think you need so many run-on-lines to put emotion across.
 — greenmantle

A story, not a poem.
Good one, though.
 — aurelius

i like this... A LOT. um. wow. thank you for posting
 — dvdsxr

This is a lovely portrait of both the crackhead and the narrator.
 — CaseyPowers

Awesome....All I can say..
 — Triz

Get a life - smoke a herbal cigarette from a thrift shop and blow some smooth poetry rather than this sullied work
 — unknown

This is the perfect precursor to the poem "Body Cavity" by Ross Martin
 — PaleHorse

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