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No More Sleep

we won't discuss

what happens after

everything else happens


the bleary world

of un-

said shit


collapsed lungs

dogs barking backwards

sleep and then not sleep


and then

goddammit

no more sleep


the lovelife

of knick-knacks

in dusty picture window sills


let's not forget

that one quadropelegic

kid


i want to know why

sometimes

why


don't

mind

me

the parking lot

where the closed-up

big lots is


has a renegade

amusement park

in it


half-safe rides

kids

jumping up and down


other people, older and not amused,

just hanging out

eating hardee's


what is life?

what is this

thing we call life?


but then

there are the lights

like the ghosts


of multicolored

pelicans

and that sound


of fun

where fun is not

supposed to be


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