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to the assassin who refuses to verify herself

January 9, 2018


Inspired by a day job experience.


Once a month, I dread your razor
in my receiver.


I don’t need to know your name.
You announce it.


You assume I’m Filipino or Indian,
a brown bandit


Come to steal society, security, your
sanctity of medicine.


I can’t connect you unless I know you
but you’re undone,


A child’s exercise book, incomplete,
Veruca Salt appalled


Some answering service peon should
grovel for your name.


I don’t grovel.  I tense my tongue and
tend the gates.


You quit playing Mexican standoff.
Suburban elitist,


You wish to end me with a red X,
and disconnect.

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Ryan Oliveira

Ideas.  I'm full of them.

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