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Christ went to the wrong planet

Scott C. Holstad

there are no fucking miracles
aside from the fact that i’m
still alive and far too many
other people are too
in the world
people aren’t throwing
themselves off bridges in
droves i’ll never know

i’ve been shot at
my dog’s been shot
i’ve been homeless
i’ve knifed myself
why wait for someone
else to do it?
i’ve been cuffed
i’ve been in court
3 times before the same
judge in one fall alone
drive 160 on the freeway
in the hopes of a
fiery escape
my major
x-mas wish
like everyone else
i get shit
life on a razor’s edge
words that kill
and guns that don’t

[From my book Shadows Before the Maiming]

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