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    • Strangled Struggle
    • Broken, Bleeding, Suffering, DefeatingMistakes seem repeatingDrifting, Drowning, Begging, pleadingPoked and Proded, until bleedingAll Gonna Fall...
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    • The American Dance
    • Put your hands on your headWhere I can see themnow spread apart your feetthat's right, just like thatNow drop to your kneeshandcuffs to the...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 37
    • "hello, sir" Gus says, extending his hand. Greg studies the palm for a split second before shaking it. Hopefully Gus didn't notice. Gus' hand...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 36
    •     Greg chauffeurs Donny to the Methadone clinic in the nicest car either guy had been in before. Greg's own family had been lower middle class....
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 35
    • Greg utters a strange fluttering hum from within his diaphragm. It is the sound of pent up joy escaping. The flood of endorphins swoons through...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 34
    • "Yeah, I know," Greg says absently, as he produces his cell phone and scrolls through the contacts. He first called his friend that lent him the...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 33
    • Gregs alarm blared its aggravating tone. With a groan, Greg swatted it off. Time to rebuild, was his first thought of the morning. After locking...
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    • Credit Card Shovels
    • Hey there, pal, and how are you?Don't mean to burst your bubble,But the housing market crashed,And everything's in troubleStocks have taken a...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 19
    • Greg phoned Ben the following day. They chatted amiably enough. Greg had a proposal for selling some of Ben's computers at the pawn shop. They...
    • artman4444 01/12/2012
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 18
    • Donny slept on the return journey, which was fine with Greg. It was soothing to drive through a snowfall, and Greg enjoyed the ride back. It...
    • artman4444 01/11/2012
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 17
    • "So," Greg says somewhat loudly, to be heard over the roaring engine, "Are you sure it was the cops that beat you up???"Donny turns his head and...
    • artman4444 01/10/2012
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 16
    • Greg awoke in the motel bed. His eyes looked at the ceiling, which had blotches of dark water-stained areas. It wasn't the most fancy, but it had...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 15
    •     Over the next few weeks, Customers gradually began to fill the store. Whenever someone mentioned Donny's name, Greg made a mental note. It...
    • artman4444 01/08/2012
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 14
    • Greg stood staring at the TV. the hole in the screen was surely no larger than an inch in circumference. But still, it was an expensive hole....
    • artman4444 01/07/2012
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 13
    • The next morning, Greg took special care to groom himself. He had neglected his appearance for too long. In retrospect, he should've tidied...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 12
    • Greg traversed around with only one crutch now. He found that if he was able to ease up some of the weight of his stride, the pain in his ass was...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 11
    • "the park it is," Greg says in a fake british voice, "your taxi awaits"Donny laughs politely at his bad impression. "you should lay off the weed,...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 10
    •     Greg turned on his stereo in this back office. The music from the show room comes to life in the office. Donny gives a goofy grin as he...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 9
    • Greg first thought of the mother again while he was driving back from the storage garage. He pictured her smile, and the gratitude in her one...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 8
    • After countless hours of sleep, Greg awoke and examined his surroundings. It took his dazed consciousness awhile to sort out where he was. He was...
    • artman4444 01/05/2012
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    • Like Riding a Bike
    • Man, this is nutsIt's been so long since I've written a story. I thought there would be a lot of cobwebs to brush clear from my brains...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 7
    • Once his large body became accustomed to the painkillers, Greg's situation did not seem so rosy anymore. He did not have health insurance. The...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 6
    • A detective came to interview Greg about what happened. The man was gruff and impatient, and rubbed Greg the wrong way. The cop seemed to be...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 5
    • Greg had to be told the next several minutes of what happened later. He had no recollection of the EMT's hauling him and Robert out of there....
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 4
    • In a cruel twist of fate, the crackhead was already planning to make a final visit to Greg and his store. Once he had procured his getaway...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 3
    • Greg walks quickly to the corner where the woman described the car jacking and abduction.Greg's sharp green eyes scan the intersection, looking...
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    • Crook Takes Pawn Part 2
    • That morning, like many mornings when the holidays swung around, Greg stared at the card. He turned it over in his hand every few minutes, unable...
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    • To Be a Politician
    • This entire poem was inspired by a lyric by Nirvana from a song called Pen Cap Chew from the Bleach album. Kurt Cobain wrote "Kill a Politician...
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    • A New Revolution
    • I write and write and write and write but how many ways can it be said? Im tired of this oppressive world, I wish it all was dead In god we...
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    • Nude Protest!
    • Hmmm... well, I was pretty busy today, but before I retired, I thought I should at least write something.  The problem is, what do I write for...
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    • Support our troops and the wars.
    • Today, many nations have citizens who hate their own country and want reform, revolution, and all that bullshit. I am talking about America but...
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    • is it slowly becoming 1984?
    • WAUSAU, Wis. An American flag flown upside down as a protest in a northern Wisconsin village was seized by police before a Fourth of July parade...
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    • What Real Assholes Look Like
    •   Yeah, I thought it was crazy too. Seems pretty bad when fags who have no idea what kind of pain and suffering our soldiers go through...
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