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[All My Poems Start]

Nate Pritts

All my poems start
by ringing bells & knocking skulls
&, no, they don't stop
until the break of dawn & even then
they don't stop, tick-tock,
they drink some coffee maybe
& they keep going; they drive to Denny's
with whoever is up for it
& they order three separate meals,
breakfast, lunch & dinner,
& those poems eat a little from each plate
because these poems live a whole day
in, like, thirty seconds, man, & these poems
call your girlfriend right in front of you
& when she answers the phone
these poems say "Hey ba-beee"
right into the phone they borrowed from you.

Nate Pritts

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