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You Were the Best by Ruth Elwood

You were the best
Stirred up chaos in my chest
Cared for me like no one before
Became addicted to you
Needed more and more

You were the first
To love me
To make me feel high
To see me as more than “hot”
To touch me in that spot

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Dear Suki: Number Six by Lana Bella

Dear Suki: Culver City, June 17th,
your shoes are large and I put them
on, trying to ache through the miles
you had walked from this wild grass
I no longer mow. Pronged fibers curl
above my steps, gathering the way
smoke shoulders its particles up the
exhaust hood. But idle feet can’t tar

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