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First Line: I was in a story
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Girls; Trees; Dead, The

I was in a story

In the middle of a field of tall grass
Like someone in a story would
For no reason

It was just as green
It was just as many

When one seedtop brushed another
They both rushed to say
Excuse me quite all right

I smelled music in the piano bench
Gun solvent
A woman's pillow

My sister calls and calls
And I still don't
I like it here when I don't

Let them

Tapping of the wedge and hammer
Father splitting the tree
The tree that split the rock

The rock that spoke
That split in two for the tree


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