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Sloppy Villanelle

maybe i made this shit up

the one about my dad in the psych unit

happy thanksgiving 1986


the one where he had on

half a maroon tracksuit and hospital footies

maybe i made this shit up


it's like he's asking "have you ever had your skin peeled off?"

with all his skin peeled off

happy thanksgiving 1986


his voice sedated, with a slight edge of theatrical shame

blood showing, but still hiding something else

maybe i made this shit up


no really he was there in that tv room

light like the color of old water

happy thanksgiving 1986


him all alive and ashamed and real

eating almost happily from his supper plate

maybe i made all this shit up

happy thanksgiving 1986




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