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somebody's dying
by Hezekiah Allen Taylor

"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."
- Oscar Wilde

it's all about appearances:
location, action, costume

he hasn't picked any yet
just decided on the event, really

it was a momentary reaction
to little things that wouldn't shake
men made of stronger stuff

but he never was made of stronger stuff

he scoured maps for the perfect place
weighing rural and urban
weighing elevation
weighing time until discovery

he shopped for weapons
checking power, messiness

he went through his closet twice
and narrowed it down to a close race
between his Sunday-best three piece suit
and the leather pants with a tee
he wasn't completely clear on his statement

he went downstairs and ate Corn Pops
thinking about what this act
should say about him

he watched cable
and thought some more-
through three full episodes of
I Dream of Jeannie
two in black and white
one in color where they
are already married and
she still calls him master

he fell asleep
and had strange dreams
without purpose

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