Poetry Blog by david patrick simon (2017)

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The ending time / the corner of the sky poems

 

The bleeding

to white

and all

that may

come.

 

the unfeeling

of everything

I have 

come to

hold dearly

in my 

heart.

 

somehow

I know

in that

darken

place.

 

you will

still

find me

there.

 

and you

will calm

my spirit,

 

and paint

my sky,

 

and fall

like a

mid-winters

night

dream 

ov...

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The peeling poem / the corner of the sky poems

 

And by

our words

the knowing 

starts,

 

like onions

we begin

to peel

one another,

 

and let

our stories

fall to

our

faith's

threshing

floor.

 

but I tell 

you this

instead,

 

fall 

to me

without

hesitation 

 

without 

doubts or

questions

with impossible

answers.

 

be simple,

 

everything

...

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A moment / the corner of the sky poems

 

Lying in a

bed of 

open

eagles

wings,

 

my lips 

rest upon

your lips

and my

soul

aches

to find

it's place

in yours.

 

we walk

the journey

before 

us your

hand held

strong

in mine,

 

the seeing

of life

shared

between

our open

spirit

eyes.

 

we become

true

witness

to the

world

and ener...

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The giving of the light / the corner of the sky poems

 

Up through

our veins

and tender

places,

 

nurtured

by our

breathing

hearts,

 

we remember

paths

of feelings

long ago

traveled,

 

given

once

never

turned

back 

upon.

 

the reaching

of hands

the giving

of light.

 

illuminating

dark shadows.

 

the coming

of age

and the

reclaiming

of all

th...

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this place / the corner of the sky poems

In this

corner

now

where

I have

put myself

away

from you.

 

I peel

away the

old tried

skins

of my

melancholy

words,

 

that

 once

gave me

tenderness

and daily

salvation.

 

it seems that

it has been 

this way 

for so

long it

is almost

all that

I can

remember.

 

it was

the revealing

of my 

s...

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Corner of the sky poems

The river
skips and
splashes
against
it's muddy 
flesh.

and laughs
and sings
to the 
wind.

and then
turns
a bend
and becomes
calm
under
this cimmaron
sky.

coyote
clouds
lie above

the deep 
wet pools
of your 
eyes.

where
the big 
fish swim,

and mother
earth
comes
to rest 
and drink

for a 
spell.

to lie
still
in your
breasts,

and listen
in tune
to your
heart
...

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Italy dreams / the nowhere poems

 

Her young heart

fell to her feet,

 

like an

over ripe fig 

from a

swollen tree

in a meadow.

 

the weight was 

unbearable,

 

the season

was right 

the taste 

of harvest 

was aching 

upon her lips.

 

she would

of given anything 

for the taste 

of something 

or someone unlike 

anything that

she had

ever known.

 

...

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The muse / the nowhere poems

 

Find my 

words in

your breath,

 

when a moment

takes your

breath away. 

 

I write

to your 

youth,

 

I write 

to the woman

you are

and the 

woman

you someday 

might be.

 

the daughter

the wife

the mother 

the grandmother,

the beauty 

of all time

passing.

 

and though

always I

will just be a far

away wi...

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Awake again / the nowhere poems

 

Lying alone
in the 
dark.

have all
of your
rose pedal
promises
fallen
at your
angel
feet?

is time
just a silhouette
of tired 
dreams,

lost
through
the open
windows
of your
eyes.

as your
love touch
lies unanswered.

a treasure

for true
love
to find.

waiting in
your sleep

running 
when you 
are
awake

to the 
place,

where
the souls
of missing
people lie.

...

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Fox diaries / the nowhere poems

 

Lying

in the 
dark.

have all
of your
rose petal
promises
fallen
at your
angel
feet?

is time
just 
a silhouette
of tired 
dreams,

lost
through
the open
windows
of your
eyes.

as your
touch
lies

unanswered.

a treasure

for true
love
to find.

waiting in
your sleep

running 
when you 
are
awake

to the 
place,

where
the souls
of missing
people

lie.






 

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No strings attached / the nowhere poems

 

A deep 
drink 
of you

and I
tilt back
my head.

and drive
till the 
first light
of morning
breaks
the evenings
back.

I roll
down
my windows.

tear off
the rear
view
mirror.

nothing
I ever
want
to see
face
to face

again.

let all 
of your
adolescent
lovers
crawl back
and hide 
under
your gypsy
covers,

like
puppets
dangling
from your 
strings
of desire.

yo...

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Mary Jane / the nowhere poems

 

She is 

blackballed

to her

old lovers

even

though she

might slither 

back to 

them now 

and then.

 

I know for

a fact

because I

am a member 

of the club.

 

We still

meet on Tuesdays

nights down at

the Elks.

 

the sloppy

stories we 

tell and the

sighs that

can still be heard.

 

we sing them

to one another

...

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Trish irish poems / the nowhere poems

 

You come 
to me
dressed in
solitude
from
a place 
that can't  
be seen,


or touched
or understood
in the 
brief
time we 
live and
laugh and
cry aloud.


stale coffee
stranded in
your morning 
coffee cup.,


curtains leaking 
morning light
across your
bed..


in your head
you awkwardly
dance through

hundreds of old
pointless conversations.


you and him 
...

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sunset beach confessions / the nowhere poems

 

Handle with care,

the older I get,

 

the emptier

my southern

comfort whiskey

glass appears..

 

falling from

your bright

baby blue eyes 

can always be

hazardous

to my health.

 

begging for 

your love

I have

lived too

long in 

the humiliation,

 

so much so

that now

it almost

feels like

home.

 

another 

black ...

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old grumpy man Lester / the nowhere poems

 

For 35 years 

he would

man his little 

starters golf shop

and each time

my sons and I 

would dread

seeing him

there .

 

but we golfed 

and he complained

about life

his wife

his dog

his general lot

in life.

 

and he 

took no responsibility

with any

of it, 

 

He woke up

that morning

and said

to his wife 

that Tom P...

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White popcorn skies / the nowhere poems

Once I believed

that happiness

was you and I

dancing riding across

white popcorn skies.

 

sometime ago 

I lost that 

dream.

 

and now If you 

stay for

a moment

and watch with

the stealth

of an alley cat

over an evening

gopher hole,

 

you will see

too that there

is nothing

if not a

belly full

of lies

in her eyes.

 

wha...

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this thought this morning / the nowhere poems

 

Siren love

quench my

thirst,

 

roll over

and under

me,

 

bring life

to my 

fields

of green,

 

give me

pleasure

as I

lay upon

you.

 

etch your

markings

on the

sandstone

rock 

over a thousand

of years

of time.

 

spray my

face with

salt

on my skin,

 

to give

my body

a calico

shimmer

in ...

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a moments update / the nowhere poems

 

Angel hair 

is digging
out
of the 
holes
in her 
life 
again. 

a ceremonial
ritual
of her 
life's
rises and
falls.

dirt
kicked
up here. 

pieces of
her soul
thrown 
away
there.

prayers 
and siren
cries
are all
that can 
be heard
in her
black witch 
night.

Echos to
love's
lost 
long ago.

too many
to remember,

too many 
to forget.

a lover 
of men

she slee...

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For H / the nowhere poems

 

It's a  perfect day,

 

and the

salt air

kisses your

cheeks,

 

and he

strokes back

your hair

with the hands

you trust

and perhaps

even love.

 

seagulls

circling and

it's not even

a thought

in your

head that

they might all

of gathered

here to

circle you.

 

as the

day retires on

 

Oddly he seems

out of sort...

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Out of breath / the nowhere poems

Let the
Kraken
come
to pull 
me down,

deep
into your
eyes.

to drown
and never
let my
body
go.

to wander
unsaved
through
heaven's
gate.


or the
forgiveness
of a 
single
kiss.


bury
me cold
in the 
corners
of your 
smile.

and let the
halls
of time
echo
with your
voice
and laughter.

in all that
you did
to me.

and all
that
I thought
you 
might.

I am
the f...

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Ringmaster poems / Sunday morning

we can
never
go back.

to Sunday
mornings,


with the
loves 
of our 
lives.

turning over
like an
open love
letter
for only
them to 
read
in our 
bed.



holding us
dear.

it is
a reflection
that you
can
never
focus
to clarity.

a heart 
beat
that
skips a
beat, 

and then
never
comes back
to you
again.

a first
kiss

just once.

and then
it runs away
from your
...

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For H / the nowhere poems

 

A moment of etiquette.

she sat

on the

bed with him,

 

uncertain of

the direction

their hearts 

might take,

 

like reeds 

by a lake 

bending in

the wind

on a summer's

day.

 

lying

down to

fate could

possibly be

an option.

 

but he gazed

at her instead 

and an empty

feeling came

over her.

 

and empty 

mome...

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The ringmaster sandwich poem / the nowhere poems

 

A drink of
your smile.

and the
world
feels
lighter
again
.
like the 
underbelly
of circus 
clouds
parading
in the
wind. 

it is 1:00 a..m. 
and I know
somewhere
your
checking
your watch.

waiting
for love
to come.

it's late.

and it leaves
you with
a sickening
gut feeling.

like a lover
who cheated
out your
back door
before you
could awake.

better be
gone.

and...

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Ringmaster / the nowhere poems

 

Beneath the
bleachers,
our toes buried
by misguided
popcorn
bites.

our life
is a wonderland.
of confetti
and caged
animal 
deliverance.

our laughter
echos 
from the 
furled
corners
of heavy
canvas tents.

Sparks fly
from the
mingling
of our lust
at play.

dust
finally 
settled

on a show 
that I thought 
would never
end.

Carney girl
over ringmaster

under ringma...

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Lynn's poem / the nowhere poems

 

 

I know 
that you 
have not
payed
much attention
lately,

but you 
have 
something
of mine
that I have
lost. 

a free 
smile
perhaps or
a runaway
dream, 

or a 
promise
stepped on
and never
given 
a second 
thought.

and so 
now we
dance with
awkward
steps in
Backstories
of each
other's lives.

and I still
applaud
you from
a distance,

as I sit in
penance
l...

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Debra's dilemma / the nowhere poems

 

Enormous
fake boobs.

she thinks 
she walks
on water,

no wait
it is wine
cheap at
that.

I see 
her buy
it sometimes
at 6 in the
morning 
at the
local
supermarket,

when
she thinks
no one
else can 
see.

and she
always
pulls me 
aside gives
me a sloppy 
kiss on
my cheek.

and then
proceeds
to tell me 
her latest
personal 
fiasco.

or about 
this current
lover or...

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The rewrite wives/ the nowhere poems

 

The fire
of a 
believer
still burns
in  your
eyes,

broken
marriage 
promises
kindle the
flame.

twenty -two 
years late..

I have
found
my home.

and here
I have
taken 
the best

of you 
with me.

to this 
place
of love
and joy.

but still


I never  
thought
I would 
leave you 
there

alone.

dreams
unwrapped

like old

forgotten

Christmas presents

in the da...

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Love is a highway / the nowhere poems

Love is 
a highway.

that we
travel the 
back 
roads to
fate's
beginnings 
and uncertain
endings. 

that leave 
us all
weary,

and confused
by the 
headlights
of Destiny's
verdicts
in our 
eyes.

and the 
lies 
of first 
kisses,

and naked
rides home
of our 
youth.

the getting
on and 
the getting
off of
one another.

and the 
journey
carries us
and the 
road 
shapes...

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A moment's youth

Across 
the open

bright orange
poppy
yards,

past the
iron warehouse 
alley's

where I
used to lift up
your high
school
dress after

prom.

there is
a wild 
child
world 
outside

pounding
in my
chest.

gotta show
my colors,

get on
your Sunday 
best.

no used
to sitting
around
watching 

the porch 
dog 
fleece
his back

of runaway

fleas

18 and 17
with crossed
e...

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Baby can you see me ? the nowhere poems

 

Oceanside 

four in 

the morning.

eating
shag dog
corn, and 

drinking a

poor man's 

whisky.

 

walking 
talking
to whats left

of myself.

My giddy up
footsteps
follow carry
me home.

old,
 
Beginning 

my final sleep
inside 
my bones,

 

it comes 

over me,

like warm

milk soaking

through
my favorite

pecan 
cookie.

 

it reminds
...

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A lover's bones

 

The memory

of us,

 

Like a stone

 skipped

off a pond,

 

I bounce 

off each other

one skip

to the next.

without purpose

or direction.

 

your lovers' bones

Still ivory
white,
and moist
from sorrow.

and lack

of time 
the beast
that haunts us.


and our
memory
the cold 
unforgiving
blanket
that  surrounds

us.

and destiny
the road
tha...

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Test my fortune in your eyes/ the nowhere poems

 

Nowhere
to go
from 
here.

 

leaped off

the bridge

in faith 

for you.

 

without regret

only to land

In that place

of a quick

goodbye
and then 

a  hand shake
instead of
a forever kiss.

I was

the comet
flaming 
out,

the  star
burning dark

from a

another
time,

 

now having

to witness 

first hand

the birth 
of  someone
new t...

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At fifteen years old/ the nowhere poems

 

First love
has cut 
down
the dreams
in my 
eyes.

pillars 
of faith
shaken.

hole
in the
very
fabric
of my
existence.

now I
am more
like them 
than me.

don't ask

don't care
don't tell. 

praying
and promising
to false Gods.

nowhere
now becomes
a destination.

with my 
whole life
left before
me to  find it.

damn it!
at fifteen
years old,

Janet Hawley
broke my
...

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Loose change / the nowhere poems

Buffalo nickels
roaming
half mad 

back and forth

across  my
front
pockets

thunder
beasts
tormented

with 
wounded
souls.

begging
to be
spent.

hairy
burden
backs
scared
by the
throngs
of commerce,

never 
belonging
to any one
person
for very
long.

the price
in life
for almost
everything.

temporary
relationships.
of have
and have
not.

but not 
you,

and the
...

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Old hellos / the nowhere poems

Something
in the 
youth
of your 
smile,

the tangle
of your
half dreamt
dreams.

as you 
awake
in the
early
morning.

not sure
what 
is real
and what 
is not.

what to keep 

in your life

what to throw away.

such
are the
moments
I have,

when ever
I look
at you.

and my

shoe laces

remained

untied like

some

sloppy joe

from a back yard

field.,



an...

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I can't remember anymore / the nowhere poems

I witness

in my 

mirror,

flame of
heart
boils sky.


sand melts
to glass
thunderbolts
in my eyes.

cold white 
wave linen
sheets
that can't
hide the
pain anymore,

they just 
keep my
head submerged
and I
can't catch 
my breath.

can't swim
any longer
against 
their tide.

loves lost
to the 
mistrust
of shadows

and lies

and distant
silhouettes
standing at 
old ...

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Cat's meow / the nowhere poems

Black raven,


with a broken 
arrow wing,

captain Ahab
limp as it
barely makes
it's way 
over the
the stone

cobbled street.

fate's
cruel
breaths
rising and
falling
from it's
chest,

as it
stops
to awkwardly
leans to 
one side
to rest

for a fractured

moment.

to reconcile
this moment
of solitude
and fate's
final judgement.

and your
3,000 miles
away

no one
to ...

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Janet's poems / the nowhere poems

 

It is
going
to be 
difficult 
to say.

to keep this
day dream 
in your 
back pocket.

along with 
the shadows 
of your smile
in my heart.

we were 
14 I found
love in
the blue moon
circles 
of your 
eyes.

it changed 
me in 
everything
I would
ever see
in my 
life again.

inside out
was how
you saw
me and

deep as a
river was how
our love
did run.

and for
the fir...

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Picking up the pieces / the nowhere poems

Tonight

holding out
my arms
with all of
my might.

watching you
slip through
the fingers
of another
bad relationship.

chocolates and
tissues adorn
your living
room sofa,

like sparkled
stars on a 
harvest night.

love is an
echo that
you cannot
answer.

a refugee
voice now 
run away.

so bury
your hopes
and protect 
them hard.


to weather
the next
storm that
is coming.

ev...

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irish poems / the nowhere poems

 

She stumbles
in silence 
to her
love's 
death 
kneel.

her pride
will not
let her
fall..

her spirit 
not quite
as true.
her eyes
so distant
and so
small.

the perfect
lover again
before her,
broken 
and shattered
like fine 
dream China
at her
feet.

under the
belly
of salt
and pepper

 clouds,

the rain
has become
the tears
lost rom her
eyes.

soul buried
de...

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a moment / the nowhere poems

 

This moment
to the next.
uncertainty 
lurking,


like Gossom
fog slipping 
over and
down a hill.
to fill
your eyes
submerge 
your senses.

so many
years
have brought 
us here,
held our
thoughts

fragile
like a

a wish 
in a child's 
prayer,

inspiring
our love
to grow
or mend

or take
root in
the heart beats 
of our
timeless
emotions.

open your
eyes
your so...

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Irish thoughts / the nowhere poems

 

And again
the hand 
of love
hits you
flush and

full in 
your face.
leaving your
shoes rattled
and untied,


and leaving 
another game
of broken
hearted  
solitary scattered
across your
living room
table..

and I find you
there again
between here
and nowhere,


between breathless
and pointless
avenues.
that none
will lead
you home.

I watch you

at another

...

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The cinderella principle /the nowhere poems

 

The cinderella
story was 
never
about 
you.

you are 
so much 
more.
from beginning
to end.

with your
pirate
point
of view.

that can
take
a man
down
with a 
single
look.

make
him 
beg
into the

night,

that you
will you 
never
let him up
for air
again.

legs 
squeezed 
tight,

you heart 
bleeding
out into
the night.

from so 
long 
ago
when 
you lost

...

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Irish love affairs / The nowhere poems

 

The most
unsettling
place that
I have 
known.

the darkest
place
that
I am
alone

are the 
places

I am 
without
you.

tangled
within 
myself.

unsure
of even
my own
human
nature.

the world 
still reaches
out to me.

yet I am
afraid
to welcome
it in.

afraid to
seek my
fortune.

of chance
or change
or Destiny's
wishes.

I knew once
I was safest
in your arms.

in ...

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A different point of view / the nowhere poems

 

It's three

in the morning

and I have

a Jack Daniel's
jitter bug
point of 
view.

stumbling
a little
left and 
then a little
right.

autumn rain
running 
off  my

crimson

jacket's
silhouette.

caught 
somewhere
between
love
and fleeing
to refuge
from  this
train wreck
Of loving you.

candy wrapper
love affair
now melted
all over
me. left
tasteless
and want...

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The hour glass dance / the nowhere poems

 

 

Basking in
love's sheltered
bliss,

open vessel
of times 
searching
sand dropping
south.

sunset colors
smeared, by 

a careless
God's
child like  hands
at play.

we begin.

to count
down the
minutes.

to exhale 
the breaths
that nuture
us,

and
give us
life.

love becomes
our devotion


our loss 
of it,

the bleeding

of our 
tragic
hearts..

time
almost
done.

the...

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Empty spaces / the nowhere poems

you roll
off his side
of the bed.

and wander
in melancholy
around
your room

tripping in
your life
over the
remains 
of him 
and

the pain of
empty spaces.

the dance
partner lost.

there is
no order
 to the 
movement
to your day

the sun 
kisses 
you 
cold.

and your 
love
retreats

to far 
away 
places...

and winters
of betrayal
and pain

that only
few hearts

can bea...

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The healing moments / the nowhere poems

 

My dreams
would 
lie over
you
in lover's
trust.

and I
would
give you
all my
prayers
and thoughts,

and I

would quest
my life for all
that you
have to
give.

and banish all
of the 
misguided
reasons
in your
life why
love 
has left
your 
eyes,

and we
would run
in to
the falling
corona
sun,

to your 
secret hot
places
of sighing
whispers,

and midnight
calli...

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Insecure moment / the nowhere poems

 

Eat the sun.


then 
pull the

rotted roots
out from 
her naked
soul.

suck dry
her tender
marrow
bones.

she will
not be 
saved.

let love
fall deaf,

to her 
Sunday 
school
prayers
and hollow
pleas.

God will
not listen
to her.

she threw
it all
away.

to be this.

and less
than this.

mother with
a neglected

child.

on her
back
constantly
looking up
at peeled

...

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No survivors / the nowhere poems

 

I still

remember,

her cellophane 
kisses.

the ones that
would lose
interest,

somewhere
between
"I love you,"
and "I love 
you too."

the fights 
for the
extra
pillow ,

that started
around
midnight
and then
continued

twelve 
thirteen
rounds 
into
the title
bout night.

rarely 

ending
in a no 
decision.

always
someone
had to
win and
somebody
had to 
lose.

...

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