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Today, I was in a state, as they say,
fit to be tied.
My arm, I wore it like a long noose
Tucked under my neck,
The elbow up high
Pointing at God.

Today, I was tied in knots,
as they say, I found
I had beaten the great
Mohammed Ali
Out of a lifespan.

Today, I sprung to action
My feet waltzed beneath me
The pavement danced,
Two-stepped with
An iron banjo.

I had no right to give
anyone
anything
in this life,
but I did
and it became like a song
that kept me alive.

-Nina Alvarez

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