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I'm banana shaped in the baby hammock
The floor is woven   I'm crying it is so hot 
and formula fed formula   so mother can work

The "papers" say occupation = merchant
she might have been a "bar girl"        stepfather is white  
&black         grey & white             white things come
in snaps           pictures          a dirt road is wide
for military vehicles            oxen on the side 

This is a penny strung on thin rope 
Press a penny to your mouth      avoid corners
Pierce a cold cold coil       (Minneapolis)
Violence contained in mashed potatoes

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