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so the eskimos
have something like
200 words
for snow

for gawdamn snow

say “ookiyak”
in Gnome to
an eskimo
and that seal eatin’
motherfucker
will know exactly,
ex-act-ly
what you mean

and yet we,
the “civilized”
tamers of all that is
wild and unholy,
us scientists
and scholars,
makers
and takers
and keepers of
all worth
having

have
very few words
that mean anything

very
few
indeed

that would allow
a teetotaler
to taste
why it is
an alcoholic
craves what will
kill him

and will do
damn near
anything
for just
one
more
sip

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