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Me and my Uke

I’ve got a ukulele. It’s a small thing that twangs when I bite into its strings.

I’ve not left my bed today for fear of ugliness,

the house from wall to ceiling is covered in mirrors that appeared one morning

I’ve not left my bed today for no good reason

and because a kimono looks good on anyone.

The light is so bright and everyone is so thin

and the earth is so slippery it’s hard to find the discipline

to do anything other than pluck these strings,

til I am lost in e, a, g

and my fingers have toughened up

and you should see me pluck

if my fingers were little knives

you’d be pinned to the bed with me

 

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