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ISSUE:  Summer 2010
The torso of a man, from his upper chest down to his waist. Several tattoos are visible ('NO MORE PAIN' is most prominent), a gold medallion of a bulldog's head hangs from a thick chain around his neck, and a wide, striated scar runs vertically down the center of his abdomen.


Look at the embossed
scar, the crucifix
down your stomach;

how they gutted you.
You wear this as a badge,
a mark of strength.

Your mother won’t
stop weeping every
time she sees you

sleeping, shirtless,
the scar moving
slowly with each breath.


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