Kallie Falandays

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IF YOU ARE GOING TO SING, KNOW THE WORDS

I. Pythagoras had other ideas too

Do not walk on highways,
step over a crossbar, sit on a quart,
do not let swallows nest under the roof
do not let the roof.

II. Witches and all their advice

Believe in the power of pine
needles and the color of the rain
on your window pane.
Do not touch your phone.
Do not let them catch you.
Do not call the Devil by name.
Do not call the Devil.

III. Hindus desire to die alongside riverbanks

Do not die. Do not desire.
Buy a goat. Don’t shoot the sparrow,
shoot the tiger. Don’t dye your shoe,
walk through the melon patch, or kiss the water.
Do not step on the roof. Do not let the roof.

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