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I was born and the world was messy

Rata Gordon

 

dogs in pain

on fresh cut grass

chewing gum and tarseal

in my belly button

cars diving into cold water

barbie dolls walking barefoot

between peonies

their plastic toes

their stinking exhaust fumes

they make the toilet dirty

just like the rest of us

a bottle top has lost its mother

an ant has a headache

now the barbies have plastic liver cancer

and speak in hoarse whispers

let’s clothe the road workers in clean sheets

let’s feed the grass

some burnt toast

 

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