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She said, “What do I get if I don’t get money,

honey, in the big delicious whirlwind?

I was learning to write, to spell my name,

I blew it. I should’ve listened to the weather.”

 

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Bitter me

 

You, you were my chess piece.

You, you were my rook.

I tried to castle out of turn;

I blew it. You said, “That’s not in the rules; just read.”

 

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Bitter me

 

She said, “What do I get if I don’t get love,

love, love for blood?

Blood, blood for a rose in June;

I’m growing.”

 

Bitter seed

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Bitter me

Bitter seed

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Bitter me

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2002)

James O'Brien