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why yes, the mirror
behind the bar
with its nicotine
streaks and silvering
marred does
make the joint
appear bigger
than it really
should be

and true, it does
make it seem
to me
there’s much more
liquor to drink
than meets
the singularly open
glazed-over
bloodshot eye

but I think
the real reason
they put it there
is so we can see
our ghosts
as they stare
back thru the smoke
while our monkeys
sneak up
behind us

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