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tattooed on a whim on a Sunday in the backseat of a pink T-bird. Ricochet waltzed in that day a bad idea & then some. Ramona had been craving real & Ricochet he's nothing if not real bad-though he first bloomed right pretty to Ramona-the girl with the auction heart going,going,gone. The girl who hears grenadine as hand-grenade & drinks Shirley Temples by the gallon. Somewhere a Gypsy woman read Ramona's hand A wineglass will shatter The evening will follow A boy with a gunpowder name will find you the fortuneteller might've added. & you'll evermore wonder if it's worse to be lost or found. That's what happens in a town of bad intentions & not enough carry-through. Boredom breeds trouble & trouble is Ricochet's specialty. Ramona only registers desire that trickles over the heart absinthe to a sugar cube sting & erosion rushing through a slotted spoon. But back to the story where months later in a room full of glazed people drinking wine in orchestrated gestures a hostess calls out: Once more with feeling & they all sip in ¾ time. Ramona feels trapped at such affairs. Everything so scarlet that way-the wine the hostess and her velvet lady-dress, the chintz brocade of the walls the cherry syrup of Ramona's blood. Ramona's already boomeranged & back to that spot in the room where once-upon-a-time Ricochet left light unstill-that pretty damn Ricochet worrying the room with his face. That's when love kicked in the door & broke all the glassware her heart & her leg before it broke for the door & Ramona almost hurt to see it go. She wants the night back when Ricochet road shotgun all the way-seventy-nine miles to THE SKIN STAIN off Route 6. They arrived to the dimmed neon of a sacred blazing heart so cold-looking unplugged & a sign flipped to CLOSED. Right there in the parking lot with Ramona's earring & a broken ballpoint that wrong-hearted boy inscribed R & R on his left thigh & Ramona wished for a tattoo inside her breast right on the sad pear of her heart & Ramona-always lucky got her wish.
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