Chapter 16
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"The Great Equalizer is Not Death but Stupidity"

The Great Equalizer is Not Death but Stupidity

In the face of each oncoming vacancy—one stares
wildly, swinging that lasso of the breath, pulls
a gun collection taste from the air,
as when my mother, blue and white kerchief
tied about her hair, said what a mother is supposed to say:
I just want you to be happy
& I, with nothing but the distraction of taking, say,
Small though it be, then, give me yours