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Bang! You're Dead

Afraid of flowers with eyes, ghosts,
& silence, you live with your mother,
wash your hands before each meal

in the evenings you hammer,
you hammer nails in the wall --

one for that girl who 
scrubs beneath her breasts to
remove that familiar sour scent

one for your mother who 
only speaks in tongues

one for your father who
put a bullet through his head --
(bang! you're dead)

faith is lost, you smash 
the nativity scene 
with the hammer --
the virgin Mary was the
hardest to clean up for 
her eyes were trusting.

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