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Death of a Marriage

By Daniele Pantano

another us breaks before us 

somewhere along this road 


our stillborn wakes from his 

sleep wind-torn and clinging


to the hitch-hiking doubles 

abandoned by the roadside


rain at last the flash unsexed

how heavy the soft shoulder


littered with estrangement 

and spike strips like fangs 


we dredge what’s left 

a spike in every tooth 


a tooth in every spike

we wolf it back down 


to where we once were

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