--- C H A R L I E O 'H A Y
It was one of those afterthought walls as if someone had said we'll put it here no, wait maybe over there. It was our wall, I heard you come in each morning that certain sound a rain- coat makes when it slides onto a hook. You had a husband in poor health and a daughter who was ill and you always answered the phone as if you had arrived to find your car in flames or a warrant for your arrest. You knew crosswords and comic books you knew that Roy Rogers' real name was Leonard Slye and you knew that our wall could speak. I couldn't hear it but you could. It was singing, you said softly at first and then louder o the pops are sweeter and the taste is new shot with sugar through and through. and you began to sing along softly at first o the pops are sweeter and the taste is new and then louder SHOT WITH SUGAR THROUGH AND THROUGH.
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