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goblin feet rocker gnarled curling toes

ankles swollen, dystonia shackles of iron

rats gnaw at 33 joints and 26 bones

cramp hobbled, crumpled digits

do the flat-footed shuffle and

sweat and slide clown-wide in orthopaedic shoes

it's all down to the gait where arches fall

stumble and trip, how callous can you get

borne aloft by masked attendants

needles piercing heel and toe

sharp light gleams on saw, drill, knife,

metal on metal after metal on bone!

sausage swollen phalange follows

incarceration’s long blunt ache

prison boot of pain and shame


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