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Bad Words To me, Swearing is defined By its imagery. For example "Fuck you!" Does not conjure up Images of The repulsive end Of the sexual spectrum, But instead, Teenagers In baggy shirts With droopy mouths Talking about Picking up a f-ing six pack At f-ing 7-11 "Shut up!" However Shows me a Bloated yet hardened Hand, With thick gray nails And flat black hair Clasping my mouth Grinding my inner cheek Into my own teeth. "Shhhhh..." Is simpler And even worse. It is the hiss Of a dry scaled snake As it squeezes the very air Out of my words And injects, with tiny, thin, white Fangs, A thick, congealing venom Into my voicebox.
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