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Working Woman

a year ago today
choking on a
pharmaceutical rope
lost in a maze
of false hope,
looking for ways
to escape
the broken slate
slandered by
a sick heart
manifesting
dark arts
of passion,
rotting,
festering
out of fashion

Now the day
is washed away,
compensated
by the wages
of an unexpected
occupation
where children cure
a silent declaration
of a forgotten patient.

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