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ya see that modern day ruin?

i used to live there as a child,
before the fire tore us out and apart.

it took a long time to build rome,
it took a night for it to burn.

my baby brother went to my grandma.
my older sister went to aunty tay.

since i was old enough and a boy,
i went to foster care and the whites.
they made me stand during meals.
they were ok…

baby bro, donald, older sis donna, and me…
three intersecting lives now parallel.

three whales—
one shooting air and fury—
all pointed home.

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