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The Tortoise

An apartment collapse in Turkey, the rise
of heroin, death of girl babies in China—

we turn from the news to sit on the porch,
rest our necks against the chair backs

and bask in late sun. But there's
that beaked leathery face, that black accordian neck,

and tiny drill-bit eyes, fixed, unblinking.
Gumming bright lettuce and ground beef,
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
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