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The Cripple and the CircusThe circus comes, a young girl goes
to see the guys with funny clothes.
She thinks, "One day, I'll be like them...
the acrobats, clowns, and the tightrope men!"
Her mother drinks, veers off the road,
onlookers gasp as their car explodes.
Two weeks pass with no signs of life,
her mom's deceased, her dad's in strife.
The girl wakes up, sits up, and begs,
"Mom, why can't I move my legs?"
Her father cries, the doctor then
says, "You won't ever walk again."
And all the while, this girl of ten
now knows she'll never be like them,
her acrobats, clowns, and her tightrope men.
Poetic PsychosisIn thirty seconds, the next shell would fall. Every night was the same, but every night Lorenzo experienced it as if it were the first time. His throat felt swollen; breathing was hard. He glanced around at the others; young men like him who had been shipped out in the name of honour and freedom. There was no honour in this, no freedom. Only death behind your eyelids, and a fear so gutting, that it carved out your innards and left you a hollow husk. Lorenzo tried to breathe, tried to assure himself that he was still whole, still made of flesh. They had lied when they told him he was ready.
Matteo ran towards him, arms out, rifle swinging uselessly at his side. He shouted for him to run, but Lorenzo remained motionless, unable to move as his friend’s warning was lost in the constant blare of gunfire. None of them were ready.
“The cycle is repeating. It is not safe.” The voice was soft and weak, yet it carried over the gunfire and battle cries without impediment.
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