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June 12, 2019 / barton smock

proxemics

i.

it is said
every morning
that a baby’s
cry
is birdsong
to satan
but I have known
some quiet
birds

ii.

once, at a surprise party for distance, I took water as a sign from god

(a turtle
was handed
to a boy

iii.

here is your mother
quoting mine:

grief speaks and suddenly all this time I’ve been saying it wrong

iv.

(was in Ohio that a girl on a homemade skateboard told me her father lost his nose to an angel burning a shoebox in an empty pool

v.

what
teaches death
about us

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