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Not for Me
Escher89phi

Hope is the thing with
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feathers and psittacosis.
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it is the short tail of a dog.
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it is the tantalizing blue glow
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of the FLOWTRON BK-80D.
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hope is the pathetic drive.
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the desperate clinging.
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hope is the
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expectant hand of
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a beggar in a world
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where the only
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currency is
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poverty.
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hope is not
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something I
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want- it's
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something my mother
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needs me
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to want.
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hope is met with whatever this
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indifferent universe has on hand at
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the time.
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hope is a prayer for rain
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from a mouth so dry
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that it might not be answered
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until the holder
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of it
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has been turned
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into
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a
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white,
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calciferous,
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fur-less
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rug on a sandy floor.
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hope is all that's ventured, but not yet gained.
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hope is the reason that you're still in pain
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it's all the struggle in the
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muck that causes you to sink-
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all the clouds without the rain
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and all the smoke without the flame-
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it's water, water, everywhere,
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nor any drop to drink.
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it's the pink-grey mass
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of once-breathing
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cancer patients
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being eaten up
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by maggots
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and darkling beetle larvae.
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hope
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is
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wading through
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shit just to smell a rose,
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and then swimming
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through it, and
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ultimately, drowning in shit.
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fuck your hope-
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it'll do the same
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to you.
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14 Jun 16

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Jumped quickly into a dark abyss there at the end, but great nonetheless.  nicely done!

We'd love it if you considered submitting this to our upcoming anthology.

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