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to live in the jungle of the willfully
vicious. is. to be scraped every morning
by the knives of the failed
lives which are not

the lives of the poor or the lives of the
desperate. or. the lives of the children in
flux. depending. swung on their cheap
balloons. hanging.

on and falling. dying. they.
aren’t the failures. the failures
are bloody with the blood
of others. and sodden.

George W. Bush. the Bushes.
clutching at God as if at money.
empty. in their houses. failing.
at everything. wondering.

what went wrong.

LARRY KEARNEY can be reached at: defoe43@comcast.net