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Sherrie Kolb Cassel Sherrie Kolb Cassel Female, 52, United States (10/25/2013 3:38:00 PM)

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Lineage

by Jeffrey McDaniel

When I was little, I thought the word loin
and the word lion were the same thing.

I thought celibate was a kind of fish.

My parents wanted me to be well-rounded
so they threw dinner plates at each other
until I curled up into a little ball.

I've had the wind knocked out of me
but never the hurricane.

I've seen two hundread and sixty-three rats
in the past year, but never more than one at a time.
It could be the same rat, with a very high profile.

I know what it's like to wear my liver on my sleeve.

I go into department stores, looking suspicious,
approach the security guard and say
what, what, I didn't take anything.
Go ahead. Frisk me, big boy!

I go to the funeral of absolute strangers
and tell the grieving family: the sould of the deceased
is trapped inside my rib cage
and trying to reach you.

Once I thought I found love, but then I realized
I was just out of cigarettes.

Some people are boring because their parents
had boring sex the night they were conceived.

In the year thirteen hundred and thirteen,
a little boy died, who had the exact same scars as me.

*Gotta run...so, if there are typos, my humble apologies to the poet.

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  • Lamont Palmer Rookie - 1st Stage (10/27/2013 10:44:00 AM) Post reply

    This strikes me as a collection of strange one-liners by Steven Wright. More weird than evocative. Stuff for the mind (perhaps) , but nothing for the ear. -LP

  • Dan Reynolds Rookie - 1st Stage (10/25/2013 5:04:00 PM) Post reply

    I find this hard to believe.

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