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And what happens
when they find out
he’s just a bad time
in a bottle?

I don’t understand
how he’s kept it in check
this long.

Maybe only people
he respects
or can gain from
are allowed to look at you.

Or maybe he’s just a hypocrite.

And so you’ll go
to the last great bar on the south side
(also known as outer space,
the place where none of your friends
can hear you scream)
to hang out,
to drink,
to further his career…
what a coincidence
it’s the only bar
he approves of.

You sit in a dark room
because he feels
other sources of light
diminish him.

-GD Butler

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