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typewriter cleaning
the keys are so cute
the levers to suit
such an innocent sting

small gobs of meaning
line up for their share
lay down unaware
of the trouble they bring

the trouble with words is
it starts with your name
then you're part of their game
and they draw you away

and the typewriter too
doesn't pause while you blink
sits and watches you think
sits and eats what you say

as the lines grow and stack
'til they're armed to the teeth
paper twisting beneath
under-sting, over-bite

lying pages attack
laying sentences on
'til the life has all gone
into cold black and white

ray cologon
april 1979


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