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Masterpiece Theater by d. edward deifer
published in Volume 2, Issue 2 on April 3rd, 1995

Your daddy warned you about me.
I could tell from his asterisk eyes
As we sat in the breakfast nook.

The dingy wallpaper is starting to curl
Aging his face into one canyons scar.
The windows must've been painted shut.

I stubbed my toe late last night 
Walking with a candle past
The relative heritage of his fear.  

It was the same blood I tasted 
When I pierced your ear.
The attic creaked that night.

His books have settled into dust.
Last time I looked his teeth have grown.
The leg of your chair looks appetizing.

The terrible black bat squeaking in
And smashing his photographs 
Framing the upstairs memorial hall.

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