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Rules to Live By in Your New Home

Neil Frank explores the idea of being somewhere new, and what this entails, in this powerful poem.

No 1. Label your collar

to avoid feeling ornamental.


No 2. Don’t wipe away the blue blood,

even if it’s like a bookkeeper’s thumb.


No 3. Use cologne to hide.

Your shame emanates

like a freshly peeled orange.


(Some let their ink-nosebleeds drip

and stain. They gnaw on the rind of fruit

plucked elsewhere as detergent, or

for nutrition).

Image Credit to Jackson Palmer.

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