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A Full-Sail'd Skiff, Unpiloted

Supposed Confessions of a Second-Rate Sensitive Mind

O damned vacillating state!
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I want the scissors to be sharp,
And the table to be perfectly level
When you cut me out of my life
And paste me in that book you always carry.
-Vade Mecum, Billy Collins

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