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Guide Posts after 14 Years Together
Isabelle5

You were a sharp blade looking
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for someone to cut,
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I was tanned virgin skin begging for tattoos
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and we met on the corner
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of Insanity and Rebellion,
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a busy corner, bustling with
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hookas, hunger and martyrs
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with handkerchiefs bleached white.
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Did I ask or did you just assume?
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Happily scarred, baby tattoos
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and milk running down MOTHER,
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we stroll down memory lane,
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where the martyrs now wear
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their hankies as bibs, handing out
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tracts for AIDS, Jesus and the locations
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of local marijuana stores that give out
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free samples of drug-laced chocolate.
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Abstinence is our religion these days,
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your rusted blade on the wall like art,
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my skin blue and white.
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When we do talk, it's like strangers
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meeting on a busy corner, confused
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about where to cut, where to kiss,
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how to keep this working.
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Someone removed all the signs.
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10 May 14

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