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be     quiet
because they still burn witches around here
and we can only say we are doing white magick
so many times     a blood oath does not have
to involve family     many things do not have
to involve family    like truth     or     starvation

these white bandages won’t help a lot     the hurt
is farther inside     the dead boy chooses
to still inhabit his curry colored body     how much
does he own     if choosing stops being a choice

be quiet     dry heaving is a funereal practice

I want to be burned     I want a book written
about my cremation     call it     a study in smoke
I used to be     like smoke     now I am not like
anything at all     I want to be open like the gates
of a heaven I do not believe in     how much
black magick     do you require 
to send off a vagabond     I’m asking for a friend

he also wants to know what mummification is about
and what is     the aftermath     of a withered body

you need all your strength     for grieving  
so you have to     eat something              

also say:
when I ask you to pass the salt     I mean
you can let your ghosts     cry on my shoulder

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