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Thursday, April 16, 2020

April 16: "Good Bones" by Maggie Smith

Good Bones

by Maggie Smith from Waxwing magazine (Issue IX, Summer 2016) 

Life is short, though I keep this from my children.
Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine
in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,
a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least
fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative 
estimate, though I keep this from my children. 
For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.
For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,
sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world 
is at least half terrible, and for every kind
stranger, there is one who would break you,
though I keep this from my children. I am trying
to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,
walking you through a real shithole, chirps on 
about good bones: This place could be beautiful,
right? You could make this place beautiful. 

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