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Papa (Bi-Polar) Bear

issue 38 2020 Prize Winners

Lila Dlaboha

You didn’t come to bed until morning
You opened and closed doors all night

while I slept in the ambient soot,
your keys jangled in the dark

The city glowed like scattered embers
in your wake. Clueless of your mischief

or heroics, yesterday you performed
the Heimlich Maneuver, saved a woman’s life

and walked away. If only you could sleep,
tread the ground as if it’s malleable

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