Duct Tape

Duct tape

All-purpose tool

Novice home repair necessity

Longingly wished for

Coping implement—

To cover her eyes

So as not to see

Body parts overly displayed

Grotesquely sausage casing squeezed

To cover her ears

So as not to hear

Demeaning pejorative epitaphs

Perpetual gutter-trolling recounting

To cover other mouths

So fingernail on chalkboard utterances

Cease screeching unfettered across her skin

To cover her own mouth

So as not to scream

Her cresting fury

Doubling disgust, dismay

At poison daily dosing her brain.

Duct tape unavailable

She breathes, refocuses

Retreats bunk-top

Removes self from the fray


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