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Angel Hair and Dump Trucks

the same urge

that i have to write

things down

is the same urge

this old lady

in north carolina


has,

the old lady on

hoarders on a&e


her mansion filled with

so much shit

it is somehow sad and


diabolical

as if she is some evil

genius stocking up on


what's needed

to be

greedy and crazy


and yet

aren't we all

greedy and


crazy

aren't we all

not really right in the


head? these are eternal

questions

i know


but this old lady

in north carolina

has all her brothers there


and the 2 gay guys

who are her thoughtful and kindhearted

landlords


and the psychologist

who comes with the

show


that old lady can't walk

without a goddamn

walker


and she has them all in

tears frustrated as hell

not giving up nothing


in her walker

walking and yelling

to leave her alone


this

is

all hers


that crap flooding the street outside

her rented mansion

that rotten crap they keep begging her


to toss

but this is her life

these things


rolltop desks

bread-ties

pieces of paper


mattresses

melted bars of soap

rollerskates


halloween

paperplates

candeliers


and

so on

so forth


hers

indexed inside her

skull


a filing cabinet universe

of angelhair

and dumptrucks


what is it?

why can't

she be loved


and keep it all?

why do they not

understand?


right now

i'm writing it all down

in cursive


every stupid fucking item

every little

thing


on index cards bought

at dollar

tree


and i want to say

all this is yours, baby

don't worry


it's yours

they can all just go to

hell




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