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  • Keith Banner

Flesh

it's not even funny

how things

fall apart


but you laugh anyway

you make

yourself laugh


mechanics

often get tickled i'd guess

at a car they can't fix


no matter what they do

the thing is just

dead and explaining


that to people

is a little hard

but what else


can you do?

you're not a goddamn

magician


you want to

make people happy though

you want to get out of


your own

sad little dungeon

my dad


was like that

is like that

we don't talk anymore


but he was always wanting

to make people happy

even though he was miserable


as if making people

happy is the key

to unlocking that


cage of misery

when in fact

misery is all you know


and probably

your only

goal in life


and maybe

your

only comfort


who cares?

one of these days

we will talk, me and him


or at least

remember each other

separately


never in

the flesh

always outside of


what's there

in one another's dreams

or a joke


you tell yourself

to get over

everything else




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