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from Western Theater with Spanish Bayonet

Jeff Downey

It used to be

you distanced yourself

from a newborn,

stove off the coalescence

and the hydrophobia,

though, before long,

took to it

like the barber

near the riverbed

setting more store

on a front

that that other racket

was sound as bullion

Yet to become

boom when bitten

required you hound

at least a few

deer into affording

us their madstones

Jeff Downey

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