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my future

how many years now since 
the last holocaust 
and you smile 

the question 
is irrelevant if 
the ovens still burn 

you want names 
and all i have are pictures 
and the man across 
the street believes that 
every wall should 
be rebuilt 

his eyes are black and 
his wrists bear 
no scars 

his wife hides the 

what he holds is my future 
and in his hands 
my future narrows down 
to nothing more than 
a locked door 
covered in 

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