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A Letter to the Junkie that Gave the Salvation Army a Dollar Yesterday
chat-noir

I don't know if you were
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waiting for your man
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or picking up some milk
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or visiting your girlfriend,
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working behind the counter
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selling drugs.
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We have exchanged exactly fourteen words.
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What would your mother think?
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You must have paid some attention:
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sometimes I think you got the message
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clearer than anyone
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maybe.
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Just if only everyone loved
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the whole world enough
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for a whorl of paper into volunteering hands.
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What would our mothers think?
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If only you loved the whorl of this world
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enough
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to forsake the contents
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of your left pocket,
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loved less the curl of a vein.
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11 Feb 07


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