Briony Pentecost

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sulcus looks like circus
and I’m teasing you about having the handwriting already
your flashcards are facing backwards
and I keep reading you the answers
I could be feeding the world back into you one smile at a time
except that all this memorising is only taking you further
and sending you home spouting things you don’t quite believe
but why didn’t you vaccinate the children? you ask mum, meaning the two of us
you’re still alive, aren’t you? she says
and you have to concede that point
because even though your partner in skills lab declared you dead twice
eventually somebody found your heart and heard it beating

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