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#@*%:~~,,,  IN A BLACK RUBBERY SLEEP I DREAM ABOUT  ,,,~~:%*@#
##@*%:~~,,         COLD BOILING ASPHALT AND         ,,~~:%*@##
###@*%:~~,        CRIMSON EMERGENCY FLARES...       ,~~:%*@###
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###@*%:~~,    THEY WERE TEARING DOWN STATUES, AND   ,~~:%*@###
##@*%:~~,,  BELLOWING THEIR MANIFEST, IN THE RAIN,  ,,~~:%*@##
#@*%:~~,,,               IN THE DARK,               ,,,~~:%*@#
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#@*%:~~,,,     AND SOMETHING FOLLOWED ME OUT, A     ,,,~~:%*@#
##@*%:~~,,  YEARNING. A MEMORY OF BEING TOUCHED BY  ,,~~:%*@##
###@*%:~~,    A RAY FROM A RASPBERRY SUN. STILL     ,~~:%*@###
##@*%:~~,,   THERE, EVERYTHING WOULD BE GRITTY AND  ,,~~:%*@##
#@*%:~~,,,   FULL OF TAR. RAIN UPON IT. BUT THEN A  ,,,~~:%*@#
@*%:~~,,,,  FEW BRIGHT AND COLORFUL ANOMALIES. AND  ,,,,~~:%*@
#@*%:~~,,,            A PROMISE FOR MORE.           ,,,~~:%*@#
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###@*%:~~,  LIKE WAKING UP WITH A BUSINESS CARD IN  ,~~:%*@###
##@*%:~~,,              YOUR POCKET...              ,,~~:%*@##
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@*%:~~,,,,   A FEATHER BOA WRAPPED AROUND A VELVET  ,,,,~~:%*@
#@*%:~~,,, LIZARD, SURFACING FOR MILLISECONDS AT A  ,,,~~:%*@#
##@*%:~~,,    TIME, CALLING, TUGGING AT MY ARMS.    ,,~~:%*@##
###@*%:~~,    BEGGING ME TO SINK BACK DOWN AND BE   ,~~:%*@###
##@*%:~~,, WITH THEM, WITH THEIR KIND. EASY TO GET  ,,~~:%*@##
#@*%:~~,,,   WASHED AWAY FROM THE TETHER, FROM THE  ,,,~~:%*@#
@*%:~~,,,,               WAY BACK UP.               ,,,,~~:%*@
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###@*%:~~, BUT I CANNOT GO. THE CONSEQUENCES WOULD  ,~~:%*@###
##@*%:~~,,  BE TOO LARGE. ESPECIALLY SINCE I'M IN   ,,~~:%*@##
#@*%:~~,,,   THE WORK MILL AND THEY'VE GOT THEIR    ,,,~~:%*@#
@*%:~~,,,,   EYES ON ME ALREADY. THE FEELING WILL   ,,,,~~:%*@
#@*%:~~,,,  WANE, AND I WILL MISS IT, AND CEASE TO  ,,,~~:%*@#
##@*%:~~,,        UNDERSTAND. LIKE EVERY DAY.       ,,~~:%*@##
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