A Clown And His Aborted Fetus

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Alberto inscribed a litotes using face-paint as his accessory.
He wrote:
‘Heightened libido’ In red bubble letters
On the back of his wooden bedroom door,
Ensconced in angel white.

“Now the purity has a sin.” He said allowed.

But Marie arrived
With news of an abortion.

Alberto understood. Marie scraped away
The letters, placing instead a picture
Of an ultrasound
And beneath the picture
An underscore to emphasize
The debauchery.

Alberto drank a bottle of whiskey
And swallowed Vicodin
With each gulp.

7.5 weeks of “life”
Required some sort
Of remembrance.

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