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Griefs That Stay

by Alan Harris
Some griefs
(and you know
yours by name)

twist so terribly
deep that instead
of crying you

carry them like
inoperable bullets
inside your flesh

and feel their
twinges every few
seconds without

letting on
to even
your dearest--

damnable, beautiful
griefs that fit you
like a bone.

From the book Heartclips (1996)

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