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she spreads her arms like a butterfly

and restores pieces of youth

her mother hears a muttered cry

from the undercover sleuth

he picks up and drugged flower

and holds it to his tooth

he says that it has power

to cure what pleasure can’t.

The mother leaves to take a shower

and from inside comes an aunt

to tell her niece this gutter guy

will seduce her with the plant.

 

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