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she pushes back the
dirty reeds from out in front of
her eyes and looks
past the guard. She tells her
friends to walk ahead, past the
equator, learn numbers and
things and come back, past the river of
blood and then
find the man at the center of
the castle and wait for all
his courtiers to leave
and then all of them, the best friends
forever will take out their rings
that the spaceman gave them and the
king in the middle of the room, surrounded
by blue tiles and yellow tiles with flowers painted
on, his will light up and he will see lightening
come down, like the billion images that
heaven has allowed onto the earth.

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