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I.

Fourth of July fireworks burn
A path in the sugar cane.
A heady, sweet smoke delights
And chokes.
The saccharine fog kills
Softly.

II.

Diabetes, obesity, brain inflammation
Processed white slave sugar slow suicide.
Low mobility, sleep apnea, chemical crashes.
Processed white slave sugar slow suicide.

III.

I build a sluggish wall of blubber,
The outer fortress of my tower.
My weight keeps me ugly, ignored, safe.
I eat a hole in my heart.
Hollowed and rounded,
I breathe in loud, waking snores.

Wide eyed,
I smear strawberry jam on my rye toast
And still taste only the bitter.

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