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  • Gary Hunter

Nail Biting - March 27, 2022

I paint the bitter

coating over my keratin

carefully on the vulnerable spots

in sunlight

the tips of my fingers like

the barrels of ten polished guns

thin protection I realize

against an enemy

that has never lost

and will attack again

soon enough

one absent-minded nibble

might gain purchase

and wound from there

three months they say

a battle not to win

just not to lose

three months before

a tyrant tires and searches

for other unwary prey


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