should’s an’ gotta be’s

where ya’ gonna go
when every beat’s a step,
a step in a great circle
goin’ round and round and round?

an’ i memoriz’d every last tree
an’ i felt every last breeze
til’ they come rollin’ around again
drown’n out an’ burying
the on-comin’ scream
like a sock stuff’d in my mouth
’til the bad goes away,
restrained by the should’s an’ the gotta be’s


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