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I didn't want to let you down

Not gold rope, nor hair rope

From my ivory tower

Ladders are for raising:

Awareness

Consciousness

Children

For bringing up:

You brought me up that way

And never let me

Let me down

And so I'll go with this young man

Even though you don't think it's best

Because I need to let us down

I need to raise myself this time

So cut the cord

I need to fall.




Leah Bobet’s latest novel, An Inheritance of Ashes, won the Sunburst, Copper Cylinder, and Prix Aurora Awards and was an OLA Best Bets book; her short fiction is anthologized worldwide. She lives in Toronto, where she builds civic engagement spaces and makes quantities of jam. Visit her at www.leahbobet.com.
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I can’t say any of this to the man next to me because he is wearing a tie
Language blasts through the malicious intentions and blows them to ash. Language rises triumphant over fangs and claws. Language, in other words, is presented as something more than a medium for communication. Language, regardless of how it is purposed, must be recognized as a weapon.
verb 4 [C] to constantly be at war, spill your blood and drink. to faint and revive yourself. to brag of your scars.
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