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she takes your hand and

then brings it to touch

what is more green than you

can imagine.  you ask her

if it will look good on you,

if it will matchwith your

skin tone.  You wake up on

the beach with licorice

around you and a pool of sugar water

next to your mouth.  The stretch marks

across your stomach are grey and

your children’s eyes are blue, but

only when they run out of the sea.

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