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By D.W. Baker

The great snake

of cycles


an affliction

of leprosy.

The tail of

the past

that used to melt

so sweetly on

the tongue

now has grown tough

plastic scales

slicked by the unforgiving

darkness of

excavated oil.


D.W. Baker is a poet and musician who teaches ELA & reading intervention in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where he lives with his toddler, wife, and two dogs. You can learn more about his work online or find him on Twitter & Spoutible.


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