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Anguish

Born
to a spreadeagled woman
a son
named grandiloquently

Is he not lucky?

Bonny at her breasts
and quick to learn
until beaten into submission

Silent
except to scream
at shadows

Be grateful

Lord
what a life

Learnt the meaning of theft
and was overcome by guilt

Stammer offset
by a sweet lisp
that faded away

Playing at war
with armies
in a secluded corner
muttering to himself
and communing with plants

Happy when hunting
what power in guns

Beset by pederasts
fought ferociously
but never got used to it

Pimples
frustration
masturbation
two worlds
one a nightmare

Followed by enemies

Always followed
nowhere to hide

Loss of memory
childhood a dream

Trying to get back
still trying

Be grateful
be grateful

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