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Pay Telephone

The blocked numerals
Of an electric alarm clock
Look like burgundy petals
Through drunken eyes teary

The astringent reach
Of a wire-strewn street
Looks octopus-armed
Through a windshield cracked

The mountain's spine
Looks borderline'd
Through an apartment window's
Claustrophobic eye

All conversations
Sound pink and tinny
Through the spittled holes
Of a pay telephone

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