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swimming and drowning

not words
but the silences before
and after

a room of skulls in
a nation of ghosts

a ditch filled with
filthy water and the
corpses of pregnant women
but listen

poems are for cowards and
politics for whores

for disappearing

you shouldn't have
to waste your entire life
saying good-bye

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