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Sign Language

For the man who jumped out in front of the woman with his
arm raised like a machete screaming
Abomination! as she
walked the streets of San Francisco holding her lover's hand
for the first time public.

There is a woman who goes to sleep
every night wishing she had broken
your sternum reached up inside your
chest momentarily borrowing your
heart to hold before your screaming
face and with her other hand still
clutching her lover's broke next into
her own sternum plucking next her
own heart dangling them both there
sterling silver sign language for you
tell me what is the difference.

Written by Nikky Finney


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