Rudy Francisco

Rudy Francisco – Live at Icehouse

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Rudy Francisco, performing at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN.

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00:18

what’s up minneapolis how are we doing

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before I say anything else can we clap

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it up for our hosts and everybody who’s

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touched stage so far yeah and also also

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a big shout out to the people who run

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button poetry they believe that I could

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write a book before I believe that I

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could so can we give a huge hands clap

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hand clap for them please thank you all

00:52

right so I’m gonna do some poems right

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throughout these poems if you like what

00:58

you hear you don’t have to be silent

01:01

this isn’t golf you can respond right

01:05

you can do a few things right if you

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like what you hear you can snap your

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fingers this trys together we can snap

01:09

our fingers right that’s easy that’s a

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little old-school love Jones but you

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wanna do that that’s fine right you can

01:15

respond bocalee you can say oh let’s try

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oh you can say what you can say let’s go

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you know so throwing an Amen hallelujah

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ooh kill him turn up that’s my best

01:26

friend facts any of those are completely

01:28

fine are we ready have you ready for the

01:35

first poem say let’s go

01:43

and the article says the Mexican

01:48

government confiscates approximately

01:50

30,000 illegal firearms per year when

01:54

the guns are taken they get dismantled

01:56

and the metal is used to make other

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types of weapons that will later be

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utilized by their military in 2012 pedro

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reyes an artist from Mexico City

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convinced his government to donate the

02:11

guns to him and he turned them into

02:14

musical instruments so somewhere there’s

02:19

a tambourine a drum set a guitar all

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made out of things that we use to take

02:24

people’s lives but now they create a

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sound that puts life back into people’s

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bodies which is to say a weapon will

02:32

always be a weapon but we choose how we

02:35

fight the war and from this I learned

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and from this I learned that even the

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most destructive instruments can still

02:42

create a melody worth dancing to and

02:44

sometimes don’t we also call that a

02:45

battle I wonder how long it took took

02:48

events the first rifle that it can hold

02:50

a note instead of a bullet but still

02:52

fire into a crowd and make everyone move

02:55

when I was six when I was six I was

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taught how to throw a punch in the 80s

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that was the anti-bullying movement the

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first time the first time one of my

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classmates took a yo mama joke a little

03:06

too far I remembered my training so I

03:09

turned his nose into a fountain my fist

03:12

five pennies I closed my eyes made a

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wish I came home with bloody knuckles

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and it was the first piece of artwork my

03:19

family hung on the fridge I remember

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staring at my hands the same way you

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stare at a mid-term when all your

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answers are correct I didn’t know what

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class this was but I did know I was

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passing and isn’t that what masculinity

03:31

has become a bunch of dudes afraid of

03:33

their own feelings terrified of any

03:35

emotion other than anger constantly

03:37

yelling at the shadows on the wall but

03:39

still haven’t realized that were the

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ones standing in front of the light we

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learn how to dodge a jab we learn how to

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step in before we swing we learn the

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heart is the same size as the fists but

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we keep forgetting they don’t have the

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same functions we keep telling each

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man the up we don’t know what the

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that even means we turn our boys we

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turn our boys into bayonets we point

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them in the wrong direction we pull

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their triggers and then we just ignore

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all the damage they’re doing in the

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distance the word repurpose it means to

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take an object and give it a Mesa it

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means to make something forget what it’s

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been trained to do so you can use it for

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a better reason I am learning that this

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body is not a shotgun I am learning that

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this body is not a pistol I am learning

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that a man is not defined by what he can

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destroy I am learning that a person who

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only knows how to fight can only

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communicate in violence and that

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shouldn’t be anyone’s first language I’m

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learning the difference the difference

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between a garden and a graveyard is only

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what you choose to put in the ground you

04:45

see once once I came across a picture of

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a strange-looking violin the caption

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said that it was made out of a rifle I

05:07

some day that could be me thank you

05:21

how we know we good all right next home

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can’t do a love poem is that alright

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alright here we go so quick story right

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um so me and my dad we didn’t have a

05:37

good relationship growing up so we

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didn’t really talk a whole lot so what’s

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crazy I don’t know a whole lot about my

05:43

father even though we lived in the same

05:45

house right and um about like six months

05:50

ago or so because we’ve gotten to a much

05:51

better place so like every now and then

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like when like I’m at his house like

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we’re doing like yard work or whatever

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and I’m just asking him just all kind of

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questions because it’s like I said I

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don’t know much about him and it’s crazy

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cuz we’re learning a lot about each

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other and I’m learning a lot about

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myself through the process right so um a

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while ago we were pulling weeds and and

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my middle name is Khayyam right and and

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I’d asked them I was like um like how

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did you come up with the name Khayyam so

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he’s pulling weeds and he’s like oh I

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named you after my favorite poet and

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then he goes back to pulling weeds and I

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was like I’m sorry what

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he was like yeah um I read a poem by

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this guy named Omar Khayyam and I

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thought the name was cool so I chose to

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give you the name and then he went back

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to pulling weeds and I was like you do

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realize I do poetry he’s like oh yeah

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like we’re having a moment like crazy

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alright so love poem um this is a medley

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right all of these are also in the book

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so here we go first part of this poem is

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called – the girl who works at Starbucks

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down the street from my house on Del Mar

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Heights Road swear to God

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I’m not a stalker that’s the title when

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I asked you for a chai latte what I

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meant to say was I was walking past I

07:27

saw you in the window to be honest I

07:31

only came in here because I had to know

07:34

what your voice sounded like instead of

07:37

saying that I got really nervous and

07:40

ordered the first thing on the menu I

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don’t even know what I is or a latte for

07:47

that matter I imagined that when God

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made you I bet he costs for the first

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time I bet he turned to an angel gave

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him a high-five and said god damn I’m

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or me damn I’m good cuz he’s like God

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right I spent the last five days trying

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to figure out how I’m gonna do some I

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self to you properly I finally figured

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it out it’s gonna be something like hi

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that’s all I got so far but I think it’s

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I’m gonna be honest it’s not often that

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I find myself eager to write about love

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in fact every time I try to write about

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love my hands cramp just to show me how

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painful love can be sometimes my pencils

08:39

break just to prove to me that every now

08:40

and then love takes a little more work

08:43

I heard that love is blind so I’ll write

08:46

all my poems in Braille and my palms are

08:48

never actually finished because true

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love is endless I’ve always believed

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that real love is kind of like a

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supermodel before she’s airbrush it’s

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pure and imperfect just the way that God

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intended I’m gonna be honest I’m not

09:00

much of a love poet but if I was to wake

09:03

up tomorrow morning and decide that I

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love my first poem it would be about you

09:09

about how I love you the same way I

09:12

learned how to ride a bike scared but

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reckless with no training wheels or

09:19

elbow pads so my scars can tell the

09:21

story of how I fell for you I’m gonna be

09:24

honest I’m not much of a love poet but

09:26

if I was I’d write about how I see your

09:27

face in every cloudy reflection in every

09:30

window you see I’ve written a million

09:31

poems hoping that somehow maybe some way

09:33

you’ll jump out of the page and be

09:34

closer to me see I’m not much of a love

09:36

poet but if I was I’d write about how

09:38

you have the audacity to be beautiful

09:40

even on days when everything around you

09:41

is ugly I’d write about your eyelashes

09:43

and how they are like violin strings

09:45

that plays symphonies every time you

09:46

blink if I was a love poet I’d write

09:48

about how I’m melt in front of you like

09:50

an ice sculpture every time I hear the

09:51

vibration and your voice and whenever I

09:53

see a name on the caller ID my heart

09:55

plays hopscotch inside of my chest it

09:57

climbs onto my ribs like monkey bars and

09:59

I feel like a child all over again and I

10:01

was gonna sound weird but sometimes I

10:03

prayed that God somehow turns you back

10:05

into one of my ribs just so I would

10:06

never have to spend an entire day

10:08

without you I swear I’m usually not a

10:12

love poet but if I was to wake up

10:14

tomorrow morning and decide that I was

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gonna write about love my first poem it

10:23

would be about you and after all of that

10:26

she was like but how do you feel about

10:34

and I said put it like this I want to be

10:40

your ex-boyfriend stuntman I want to do

10:43

everything he never had the courage to

10:45

do like trust you see last night I had a

10:52

dream in this particular dream I died in

10:55

my dreams awoke not knowing I was still

10:56

asleep and decided to walk see that

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night I walked in my sleep I slept in my

11:00

Walker walk backwards until I saw you

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for the first time and I could barely

11:03

muster the courage to introduce myself

11:05

all over again you see I’ve been trying

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to find the right words I’ve been trying

11:09

to take the right steps who it seems to

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me like thousands of years but something

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always seems to go wrong between us we

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lived in Egypt I was the Pharaoh’s slave

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you were his daughter loving you led to

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my death that claimed I seduced you and

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after they stole my life I was

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resurrected as the Mason I made the

11:23

foundation for your house we met eyes

11:24

for two seconds you left and I didn’t

11:26

see you again until I died I came back

11:27

as a caterpillar I turned into a

11:29

butterfly I landed in the palm of your

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hands you brushed me away in the

11:32

rejection killed me when I woke up was a

11:34

kick drum you were a snare we were both

11:36

owned by this drummer named cozy : when

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he died so did we but I came back just

11:40

to look for you I left notes and random

11:42

places hoping that you would stumble

11:43

across them I carved our names in trees

11:45

and then praised it would jog your

11:46

memory I whispered your name in the wind

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hoping somehow maybe some way my voice

11:51

would reach you but it didn’t then I

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died I died early I died young with

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bread crumbs in my hand just hoping that

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she would find me but you never did so

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they buried me when they buried me they

12:00

put these coins over my eyes and I use

12:02

them as bus fare to get back to earth

12:04

just so I could look for you

12:08

that’s why that’s why sometimes when we

12:12

hold hands every so often

12:15

I hold on a little too tight and I’m

12:17

sorry I just don’t want to lose you

12:21

again my mother told me when you find

12:25

the perfect woman you got to do whatever

12:28

it takes to make sure she stays next to

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how’re we doing we good so um this next

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poem so uh one day I was I was driving

12:59

in downtown San Diego and I saw a man he

13:04

was holding a sign and when I got close

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enough to see what was on the sign it

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said God hates gays right so my friends

13:13

in the passenger see he sees me see the

13:14

sign right and he sees that I’m like

13:16

noticeably like angry about it right and

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then he turns to me and he’s like why

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are you so mad about that that doesn’t

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have anything to do with you right so I

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tell him I say if we only concern

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ourselves with the things that directly

13:32

affect us we’re gonna be very surprised

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at what indirectly affects us later

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right and what and what I mean by that

13:38

is that often people have marginalized

13:41

groups feel like their struggles are

13:42

completely different when if we actually

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take the time to dialogue across margins

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we will realize that our struggles are

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far similar than they are different

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right so so I went home right and I

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wrote this poem as a letter to this man

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holding the sign so you ready for the

14:01

poem say let’s go you know it’s funny

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how we can believe that we are created

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in God’s image and then recreate God in

14:15

ours a letter to the man standing on the

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corner holding a sign that said God

14:24

hates gays you know I’ve never seen

14:29

exactly who it is that you paperclip

14:32

your knees melts your hands together and

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pray to but I think I know what he looks

14:35

like a bunch of gods about 510

14:37

Betty weighs 185 he probably stands the

14:41

way a high school diploma does when it’s

14:43

next to a GED I bet you God

14:46

bicha God has a mullet I bet he wears

14:50

flannel shirts with no sleeves the fanny

14:51

pack and says words like get er done a

14:55

mr. Kyle plays the banjo I bet he

14:57

watches FoxNews Dog the Bounty Hunter

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voted for Donald Trump and loves Bill

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O’Reilly a bunch of God’s a politician

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from Arizona I bet his high school

15:06

served racism in the cafeteria and

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offered hate speech as a second language

15:11

everybody has a swastika on the inside

15:13

of his throat and racial slurs tattooed

15:16

to his tongue just to make intolerance

15:17

more comfortable in his mouth I bet he

15:19

has a burning cross as a middle finger

15:21

and Jim Crow underneath his nails your

15:24

God is a Confederate flags wet dream

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conceived on his count a day when the

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sky decided to slice her own wrist a

15:31

a God has a drinking problem I bet

15:33

he sees the bottom of a shot glass more

15:35

often than his own children I bet he

15:37

pours whiskey on his dreams until they

15:39

taste like good ideas probably cusses

15:41

like an electric guitar with rats

15:44

plugged into an ocean I bet he yells

15:46

like a schizophrenic nail gun damaging

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all things that care about him enough to

15:50

get closer but there were angels in

15:52

heaven with black eyes and broken halos

15:54

who claimed they fell down the stairs I

15:56

bet your god a of God would’ve

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made Eve without a mouth and taught her

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how to spread her legs like a magazine

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that she will never be pretty enough to

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be in sooner or later you’ll realize

16:06

that you are praying to your own shadow

16:08

that you are standing in front of

16:09

mirrors and works to bring your own

16:11

reflection your gods stole my God’s

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identity so next time you bend your

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knees next time you bow your head I want

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you to tell your God that my god is

16:28

looking for him thank you

16:45

so all of those are in the book but I

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wanted to read a couple things that are

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not memorized but are also in the book

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how y’all feelin y’all good good okay

17:11

so I was working on a project with a

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friend of mine he asked me to write

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something because we’re having a really

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interesting dialogue about about the

17:19

environment right a lot of things that

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are happening and um I live in

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California San Diego to be exact and

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we’re going through a drought right now

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and it’s it’s actually kind of

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terrifying right because like like

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they’re asking us like to like monitor

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how much water we’re using you know

17:40

there that’s going to like water our

17:42

lawns less and of course like these are

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things that are like totally like doable

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right but it was since we’re putting

17:48

precautions in place like it makes me

17:50

nervous about like okay like how much

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longer can we live the way that we are

17:55

living because the way that we’re living

17:57

isn’t sustainable right so here we go in

18:04

one of my earliest memories I am eight

18:07

years old I have a fistful of afternoon

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and I’m asking the summer if it will

18:13

always be this glorious I remember

18:16

taking a deep breath trying to get as

18:19

much July into my lungs as humanly

18:21

possible thinking maybe I’d be able to

18:24

convince it that 31 days just isn’t

18:26

enough in my neighborhood owning a slip

18:30

and slide made you a royal family in my

18:34

neighborhood we’d fill up our super

18:36

soakers and shoot each other for hours

18:37

and if you didn’t have one you were just

18:39

a target in my neighborhood in my

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neighborhood we’d run through the

18:45

sprinklers like someone who wasn’t the

18:47

boss of us said that we couldn’t back

18:49

then the water just seemed endless

18:51

like he didn’t have limits and corners

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and edges but no matter where we were if

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we called out for water it would just

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come running when I was a kid dragons

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and droughts were two things I read

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about in books we never thought I’d

19:08

actually have to deal with I’m born and

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raised in California and here our models

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and our rivers look like they’re both on

19:17

the same diet throughout the years I’ve

19:19

watched both get smaller and now I can

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see their ribs when they exhale in

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freeways are decorated with signs that

19:26

asked us to be careful about how we use

19:28

the water they hang like an eviction

19:30

notice from the environment and I wonder

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how long it will take the planet to tell

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us we can’t live here and the locks are

19:36

changed I wonder how long it’ll be

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before my shower becomes a relic before

19:40

my sink tries to change occupations

19:42

before the knobs on my faucet become

19:45

roulette wheels before my hands rain

19:47

dance around the spout hoping a drop

19:48

will spill from its neck I wonder if the

19:51

next generation will know water the same

19:53

way I did the way it runs through the

19:56

fingers the way it wrinkles the hands

19:58

cools the skin the way it freezes flakes

20:02

and kisses the ground on the cheek I

20:04

wonder if my grandkids will ever throw a

20:07

penny in a fountain and hear it splash

20:21

how’re we doing we still good what’s my

20:24

time looking like right now how long

20:25

have I been up here good thing – teen

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minutes left I’ve been up here for 15

20:33

minutes okay awesome awesome how we

20:36

doing we still good word alright so um

20:39

next phone so uh I wrote this poem back

20:43

in 2009 right maybe even a little bit

20:46

earlier than that and um so the poem

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that I read earlier the love poem right

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was about a girl that I was dating back

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when we were dating and that ended

20:58

really badly right and I was just I was

21:01

super heartbroken and I needed a way to

21:03

kind of process all of those emotions

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and I wrote this all in like one sitting

21:08

after it all happened so of poem here we

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one if I could I would nail these hands

21:22

to the edges of stars I would sacrifice

21:24

this body to the sky hoping a resurrect

21:27

is someone spiteful enough to not care

21:29

this much about you to staple me to a

21:33

cross pierce my side with the broken

21:36

promise and I will bleed all the reasons

21:38

why you deserve one more chance

21:39

three loving you was the last thing I

21:44

felt really good at for you want to know

21:48

how I got these scars well I ripped

21:50

every last piece of you out of my smile

21:52

five I whispered you Stardust six I

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spoke you into sunflower seven I dipped

21:57

in my hands in forever I touched you

21:59

infinity treated you as if you were the

22:01

last molecule of oxygen inside of a gas

22:03

chamber I was good to you eight you want

22:08

to know how I got these scars I

22:10

swallowed my pride then it clawed its

22:13

way out of my mouth nine I realized that

22:15

I was never really your boyfriend I was

22:18

your height man ten hope your next

22:22

boyfriend gets small pots ten yes I said

22:26

smallpox ten I hate you ten but I still

22:30

miss you ten and I still love you ten

22:32

and I still love you ten and I still

22:35

love you ten it’s hard for me to count

22:37

when I get emotional ten i heard that

22:39

over 90 I heard that open 90% of human

22:42

interaction is nonverbal so

22:53

10 if I could I would tie your arms to a

22:58

dais room and then auction you off to my

23:00

fondest memories to the random dude who

23:04

started dating my ex-girlfriend two days

23:06

after we broke up yes I saw that on

23:08

Facebook now when I realized that you

23:11

were in a relationship with the girl

23:13

that I thought I would spend the rest of

23:14

my life with I walked outside I said to

23:16

myself there’s no way Aston Kutcher is

23:18

gonna catch me off guard I waited 45

23:20

minutes and then I realized there hadn’t

23:22

been a new episode of Punk’d in almost

23:23

four years I guess I’m the only

23:26

practical joke in this entire situation

23:28

one the first time I saw you and her in

23:30

a picture I wanted to take my entire arm

23:34

shove it inside of the computer and

23:36

snatch the happiness right off of your

23:38

face – if I ever see you in the street I

23:41

might punch you in the throat 3 I

23:42

apologize in advance and I know that it

23:47

makes no sense to have this much anger

23:48

toward a man that I’ve never met face to

23:50

face my definition of love is being

23:52

robbed in an alley 8 times in Rome and

23:54

hoping there’s something about today

23:55

that makes all of this different there

23:57

was nothing logical about cutting off

23:58

the most important parts of yourself and

24:00

then putting them inside of hands that

24:01

shake that tremble and cracked like a

24:03

Haitian sidewalk for there is nothing

24:06

rational about love love stutters when

24:11

it gets nervous love strips over its own

24:14

shoelaces love is clumsy and my heart

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refuses to wear a helmet 5 Cupid is

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and I’m tired of him using me for target

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practice six I was told that time heals

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all wounds but what exactly do do on

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days when it feels like the hands on

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your clock have arthritis seven she

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always wore her heart on her sleeve so

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tell me why the hell do you look so

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eight I think I’ve seen you somewhere in

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her smile like I’ve heard your voice in

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her laughter I bet if we dusted her

24:55

heart for fingerprints we would only

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find yours nine I have this envelope

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it’s full of all the butterflies that I

25:04

felt the first time she smiled in my

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direction I think most of them are still

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I guess these belong to you too thank

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how’re we doing we still good all right

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summer read probably two more out of the

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book and then that’ll be my time okay

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okay so I’m getting older right and

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things are starting to hurt on my body

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so I wrote a poem about it here we go

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yesterday I injured myself and the

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explanation didn’t make sense I said

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well I was walking and that was the end

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at this age my body is a stranger that I

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keep meeting over and over again the

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words I am are slowly transforming into

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I used to be because every year

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past-tense finds a larger house inside

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the neighborhood of my everyday

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vernacular I am slowly realizing that

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when the skeleton is new and the bones

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are vibrant they course the mind into

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thinking that the days will pass but the

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flesh will not youth promises us

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immortality but doesn’t have the means

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to uphold its end of the bargain thank

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you see let me see let me see

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let’s read all right so it’s last one no

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actually I’ll read this one that’ll read

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something after it sound good all right

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so um so I’ve been you know uh kind of

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like struggling with you know like I’ve

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been struggling with depression you know

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when I when I tell people when people

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ask me like what it’s like touring and

27:31

whatnot right it’s it’s hard to explain

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I’m an introvert once I don’t really I

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don’t really like interact with people a

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whole lot on my own time right most of

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the interactions I have with people are

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like during shows because like I just

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feel tired after I interact with people

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and I just need to take a nap you know

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but what’s really odd about like

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traveling and performing and doing shows

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is that this it’s like I tell people

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that it’s kind of like having somebody

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like at your house for a few days and

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then when they leave and you walk back

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into your house and you’re the only one

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there that’s what it feels like every

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time you’re done performing because you

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talk to people right and then everybody

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leaves and then you’re alone again and

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it’s just odd feeling if you have to

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readjust to like being a person you know

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and I know that’s hard to grasp but

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that’s it’s kind of how it feels so I

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wrote this poem a little while ago and I

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want to share it when people ask how I’m

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doing I want to say my depression is an

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angry deity a jealous God a thirsty

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shadow that rings my joy like a dishrag

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and makes juice out of my smile I want

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to say getting out of bed has become a

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magic trick and I’m probably the worst

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magician I know I want to say this

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sadness is the only clean shirt I have

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left and my washing machine has been

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broken for months but I’d rather not

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ruin someone’s day with my tragic

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honesty so instead I treat my face like

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I pretend it’s Halloween I carve it into

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something acceptable I laugh and say I’m

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all right so I’m gonna read one more and

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then that’ll be my time for tonight and

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afterwards I’ll be signing books so if

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you would like to have your book signed

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you can just stand in line and I will

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sign it sound good all right here we go

29:43

last poem are we ready all right I call

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it cookout um here we go somewhere

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someone’s uncle or father a man wearing

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sandals and khaki shorts who says back

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in my day far too often is on the grill

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he is watching the food like he’s afraid

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it’ll change its mind about becoming a

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meal and decides to run off the kids are

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playing a game they made up themselves

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and changing the rules every five

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this smiles are so big you can fit

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history inside of them and still have

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room for right now and the future

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the adults hate all the new music but

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still want the teenagers to teach them

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all the dances the cupid shuffle is

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common ground and the wobble is a peace

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treaty signed by both generations there

30:40

are no rallies today no blood on the

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street no hashtags here but there is

30:47

barbecue potato salad and greens the

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only tears you will see here is when

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someone lifts the foil and all the mac

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and cheese is finished thank you so much

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for having me tonight thank you and I’ll

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be here I’ll be here signing books and

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y’all have a good night

Rudy Francisco
Photo credit: Rudy Francisco @ https://www.iamrudyfrancisco.com/

A special thanks to Mr Rudy Francisco for inspiring all of us with his uplifting words.

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Photo credit: Screenshot from video with Rudy Francisco

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