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stained,
you find a place there
in that nook where you can be alone and find some
solutions

cleaning some stains
sticking to your arms and hands, but it will not be long

i smell chlorine
concentrated chlorine from where she works
day and night
graveyard shifts
and other extra hours uncomplaining

she will join you
for the cleansing, it will not really take that long
just a matter of one hand
then it will be over

but your eyes will be hurt a little bit
you know it.
 
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you do not start at the end
you will not be understood
but you insist
to start from the end itself
it will be interesting you say
and they will follow you through
confused
they will mind every word
because they cannot understand
it is the end
you say is the most important
the most dramatic part
and that is all that they want
so you start from there
and end from the very beginning
inverted
but not really perverted
not for the fun
but for the run, now i understand you
like rashomon
more arguments shall come
like battered wives
complaining about their husbands
like children lost
finding their home in the streets
like some of us
wanting to start with nice endings
always finding hard
to end with new beginnings
for a start
but indeed, there is nothing
that is so hard
that cannot really be learned
 
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here they all come
beaming with pride
and solid hopes
the upcoming generation,
and i give them
all my respect
what is due them
now they shall take
i have given them
all that i have
all that i am
and all that i will
ever be

here they all come
i am giving way
i am all fed-up
now is their time
to feed us too

here they all come
and so i will go away....
 
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319

a common plague
here
how a fly
hovering on
a carabao's back
now behaves
and feels like that
big black
carabao itself?

not uncommon
yet everyone
speaks to no one
about
this discrepancy
as the carabao grazes
on the pastureland
stupidly
as usual
 
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