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you get cut real bad
your hands fly
to your chest
in an operatic gesture
to staunch the flow
but it’s leaking out
it’s oozing out
dripping down
you’re losing
a lot of blood
your pressure drops
you feel faint
and drop
in peripheral shutdown
only enough to maintain
your central organs
not enough
even for that
you quiver
like a sparrow
and stop


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