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A Hundred Gourds 3:4 September 2014

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Tom Painting – USA


My Bad


No more bullshit she says. I’m done reading between the lines. I’ve had it with your verbosity. Say it the way you mean it, like you mean it and quit wasting my time.

And with that, I say in 11 syllables, what had previously taken me seventeen.

rented flat
the sound of lovers
settling in




Mercy, Mercy


The good Sister tells me I’m headed to hell on the installment plan. Pre-ordained… I was the child who couldn’t sit still. Even today, I bounce out of bed hoping to outrun the devil.

bingo palace in all probability



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