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my cousin and I find
the body of a bat on the ground
near the old church
demolition stones

my cousin and I listen to a radio show about butchering
We eat venison and white rice
shrimp sautéed in so much butter

The butcher reads a story
she eats less meat

The plane in the ocean is scaring me
Have they found it yet? I dream about airplanes
filling with water
Don’t look

I wanted to touch the bat
like he was made of plastic

I wasn’t afraid of the bat
like other small wings

when someone you rarely know passes
the reminders fly in

“are you writing down
everything we’re saying?”
the bystander asks

barely this

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