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Let me tell you

What I saw

While walking in the park:

A naked tree

And silent dog,

Both without their bark.

An ice cream truck

And teenagers,

Both trying to stay cool.

A screaming child

And litter,

Both unwanted in a pool.

The smell of grass

And pollen,

Both filling up my nose.

That girl I dumped

And no hiding place,

‘Cause that’s the way it goes.

A wad of dirt

And my own good arm,

My ex’s now-brown eyes.

Some flashing lights

And handcuffs

Makes me doubt my plan was wise.

A cop’s back seat,

Some iron bars,

A jury of my peers,

Now it’s just me

And “Chainsaw Ted”

For five to seven years.

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