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By Avram, Salyersville, KY

Once upon a time there lived a monster in this town
It hid itself quite well under every sweater and every gown
It embedded itself within the heart of the entire town’s folk so weak
It made sure to overtake the victim until the root of evil was at its peak
I was a mere acquaintance of this monster, while for some they called it home
I never did quite understand the feeling of being—most together and some alone
As we grow like beanstalks, seeking nurture from fairytales of our youth
We forget the most important thing, the day the beanstalk gathered root
We parade diligently through the streets in which we travel
We seek meaning from the things in life that leave us in baffle
Why don’t we understand that the monster who takes inhabitance within us all

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