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a bunch of ants came

to eat the goo you said

I wish you would keep these things

of yours private from me

but you don't know 

how to

almost nothing bad

ever happened to you

isn’t that strange


it really worked 

this time, with the ants

it’s funny

no it’s not it’s vile

fifty times

a year I think

can’t someone

else do this

can’t mom


in our house

which you still call “our apartment”

because what’s the diff

it’s small and orange

containing our fern

but we have to do

everything now


marriage is not a level

it's a power 

that reveals

secret levels

like here 

where nothing

bothers me


but do you know how bad

it got before I met you &

after, when you

were at work 

Shannon Burns

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