Jacqueline Moss

I stared down a statue at Saint Bernadino's
I walked on snakes in my grandma's yard
I rode a two wheeler to the sewer
The priest's yellow water ran through it
I ate a stolen Hershey in the aisle at the Acme
I smoke a few Camels from my mother's tin cabinet
I made my skinny neighbor cry
By bringing up she had no dad
She looked for her father in every needle
He never showed up
I experimented with hairstyles
If I pinned one side up
I looked French
The boy without a bathtub liked me
I tried my best to be nice
He had more pimples than pores
More sorrow than a pauper's graveyard
His mother lost her teeth in love
He wore the same black pants the whole school year
The thought of his underwear made me gag
Inside he was good
I heard he died young
I bought holy cards and medals at St. Patrick's cathedral
I bought a lemon at the Italian Pork Store
I decorated a tree with high heels
I pierced my tongue with a package of straight pins

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