the way it
can be discussed calmly

can be used as an example

and your options of course
are to be better or worse than the
people who commit the

your name is irrelevant until
it gets mentioned on
the evening news

this is america i've been told

the knife at the throat and
the middle finger
extended towards heaven

the smell of gasoline and the
taste of it
and the blur of neon off the

naked flesh of
your teenage daughters

the money to be made there

bright lights in
windowless rooms and then the
act of forgetting who
you were

the way you learn to pretend
that you're happy

to smile on your hands and knees
and beg for more which is
one way of defining religion

which is another way of
discussing politics while the child
grows up without memories
of the act but with scars

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