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No​ ​lagos​ ​(sic.)​ ​logos​ ​to​ ​be​ ​found​ ​around​ ​here!​ ​Nevermore,​ ​Lenore. So​ ​what​ ​the​ ​hell​ ​-​ ​then,​ ​a​ ​formal​ ​feeling​ ​comes. vii. How​ ​do​ ​they​ ​get​ ​that​ ​spark?​ ​Those​ ​poems! The​ ​ones​ ​they​ ​read​ ​and​ ​buy. The​ ​ones​ ​they​ ​spend​ ​them​ ​hard​ ​earned​ ​dimes​ ​on,​ ​boy! Is​ ​it​ ​in​ ​the​ ​lines,​ ​the​ ​words,​ ​the​ ​characters? Or​ ​that​ ​certain​ ​élan​​ ​-​ ​that​ ​I​ ​never​ ​figured​ ​upon. It’s​ ​their​ ​magic​ ​-​ ​like​ ​fairy​ ​dust​ ​sifted​ ​over​ ​the​ ​readers’​ ​eyes,​ ​and​ ​they​ ​become​ ​believers​ ​The​ ​big​ ​ones​ ​have​ ​it​ ​but​ ​I’m​ ​no​ ​Baraka,​ ​no​ ​Sexton,​ ​no​ ​Cullen,​ ​no​ ​Hughes. Never​ ​Etheridge,​ ​never​ ​Frost,​ ​never​ ​Angelou​ ​-​ ​I’m​ ​neither​ ​Rich​ ​nor​ ​a​ ​Dove. No​ ​Bishop,​ ​Plath​ ​or​ ​Poe…​ ​not​ ​even​ ​Ashbery,​ ​love. vii.a But​ ​I​ ​have​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​going​ ​-​ ​exist​ ​on​ ​a​ ​page​ ​of​ ​pixels,​ ​trapped​ ​in​ ​her​ ​Chromebook​ ​for​ ​the​ ​world​ ​could​ ​stop​ ​turning​ ​if​ ​I​ ​got​ ​deleted. The​ ​sun​ ​up​ ​at​ ​night​ ​and​ ​the​ ​moon​ ​in​ ​the​ ​day​ ​-​ ​she​ ​who​ ​writes​ ​me:​ ​she​ ​needs​ ​me,​ ​she​ ​loves​ ​me​ ​pursues​ ​then​ ​divorces​ ​me.​ ​We​ ​fight​ ​like​ ​dogs​ ​then​ ​fuck​ ​under​ ​the​ ​covers​ ​vii.b For​ ​she​ ​has​ ​me​ ​taped​ ​to​ ​her​ ​wall​ ​-​ ​like​ ​a​ ​lost​ ​ancestor I​ ​could​ ​fall,​ ​forgotten;​ ​flutter​ ​to​ t​ he​ ​floor​ ​-​ ​the​ ​tape​ ​yellowed​ ​with​ ​crackled​ ​time. She​ ​would​ ​be​ ​alone​ ​and​ ​frightened​ ​without​ ​me;​ ​might​ ​summon​ ​the​ ​guards,​ ​even​ ​call​ ​her​ ​family​ ​They​ ​are​ ​farmers,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​a​ ​thief.​ ​ ​Her​ ​kin​ ​would​ ​never​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​care​ ​for​ ​her​ ​as​ ​I​ ​do. viii. So,​ ​remember​ ​me,​ ​when​ ​that​ ​Block​ ​arrives, Panic​ ​not,​ ​lest​ ​ye​ ​parse​ ​to​ ​write,​ ​love Me​ ​for​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​at​ ​words,​ ​love​ ​me

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The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

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