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and now

i stand 
like my mother's husband

halfnaked with towel
wrapped around waist

in the apartment hallway

these are not purple hearts
from korea or vietnam 

these are not sharpshooting medals

these are not flags or tattoos

these are black-and-blue marks

and have always existed under the skin

it only takes a woman 
to make them visible

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