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                                                                 something kind

                                                                               of kinky

                                                                 about the next

                                                                 draft. the mark. the coming

                                          scratch of the pen.

                                                      something

                                                 heretical in the lay

                                   of each letter.

                                      pencil all raised

                                            and crossed.

                                     ready. fat circles

                                                                   clean

                                                             thin. a

                                                                 hinge. wry.

                                                                           a whipped slant.

                                                                  skin in tapped vows.

                                           rhymed whines.   verbs

                                             hymned. thighs spoken

                                               outlawed. outlined. length

                                                 set. the cock break

                                                                  of each

                                  word. as if pen is ready

                                      to wax and wet.

                      the next black

                                    x. the shiny

                                          dripping

                                              wrinkled

                  curve. the scribbled

                         over. tomorrow. next

                                       revision. next tine.  a debt

                               unquestioned, then

               relaxed, recessed.

           a find send

dent. a in the deep,

              of the hide.   the next

                          draft.   the quick.   quick.

     now.  erase. rub.  down. it.

            wait. write. or own. it.

                                         soon to be

                                                           heated

                                                      ready. wise.

 

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