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hope we can wait, galileo. i was your tongue for your sleeping teeth one lingering drunk brain cell in a week of sobriety seashells filled up with lobster butter and white blood scarfs wound tighter than the lines of a record on a frozen beach of birds craning their necks multicolored mold on both your bread and your poisons your lolita swaying on the edge of a long branch brimstone eyes sweep away decaying tv light volcano hips null every natural river throwing keyrings into my coffin i made you kneel under waterfalls and kiss the feet of skyscrapers with a sarcastic mouth i added salt to your undertow vision patted your demon monkey on his parted back hit baseballs of newspaper off a stone bridge homeruns carving a path through green skylight air into the glove-fingered crotch of a nun who leers at her watch while you nap in her chimney made you dream of nothing but frogs and car tires headlines cutting across bored wrists your headset plugged into a wall of jello holding the House of Representatives captive of their own motionlessness i dripped on your telescopes shattered your windshield with a sword that stayed at my hip slithered between soap opera blankets of talk-show shame hated referring to anything by any name gave you your mailbox with a worm to curl up in it slowly a bald mountain of cobras drowns in their overpopulated poison and the blue valley laughs tinnily as a game-show host and the prophets have headsets that bring them the newscast delayed and messily censored by flocks of pugnacious geese your president fucking a pile of red martian rocks your mother stepping out of the shower for eyes that aren't ready rainbow filled with mineral dust and dehydrated clams a cold-bodied man with pop-culture-collage eyes proclaiming his candidacy for pope your lover sleeps and all you have to do is stroke her childish hair until the tentative dawn erases your moonlight fingerprint-dusted footprints. but you go for another long walk and each step is easy, guiltless as bright stars release the dim from their obligation to shine.
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