Vocabulary

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Vocabulary
 
Whenever i read
 
a poem
 
and trip 
over a word
 
deliberately set
as a trap—

to catch my
ignorance,
 
a word 
 
i do not recognize—
 
like a silhouetted stranger 
approaching, 
 
potential danger 
 
in a narrow

piss reeking
late night alley—

intent unknown,
 
i turn the page
less i be taught
a lesson
 
better unlearned.

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