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The Slums

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 That should be obvious
Of course it won't
Any fool knows that.
Even in the winter.
Consider for a moment.
What? Consider what! They never have.
Why now? Certainly it means nothing.
It's all a lie.
What else could it be? That's right.
Sure.
Any way you look at it.
A silk hat.
A fat belly.
A nice church to squat in.
My holy ass.
.
.
What should they care about? It's quaint.
Twelve kids on the fire escape.
.
.
Flowers on the windowsill.
.
.
You're damn right.
That's the way it is.
That's just the way it is.

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