Jane, deceived by _____ time and again, should not _____ but she _____ and slept with
The rat catching a ride on the turtle wins _____. Ugly and coarse, but _____.
Beware of strangers who _____ and win your _____ and lick the sweat off your nose in
false _____, just to taste their own _____.
Do not trust in owls, in heads that spin. Heads should not spin nor stink, like ammonia in
the armpits, like a habit of _____.
Do not pause to watch insects _____ like dangling lights. Their soft speckled bodies, a
minutia of buzzing dandelion seeds, have already _____ you in the neck. Blood on their
spindle tongues. This is a metaphor for _____.
There are no wolves in this tale. Only handsome _____ with pea-green eyes who will tell
you: “You are as soft as _____.” Then, they will carefully cut _____ and _____.
Seek only the smallest kindness, of shaking out a pebble from a neighbor’s shoe, to do
unto others what you _____. Did you swallow _____?
Jane, called “intense.” Surely, heads spun, owl-struck, stating: “If only she _____.” Called
“feisty,” “talks too _____ or talks too _____.” Often: “Too smart for _____ good,” “I
never thought you’d be _____, looking like _____,” “you have big eyes for a _____,”
“curiously strong” or “_____weak,” or “it’s just _____ and it’s for the best.”
Her hair though, is the best, and is remarkably like kindling and okay for _____ to touch,
light, and ingest in flame, strand by _____. Ignore when she says _____ or _____. This is
_____ of Jane.
Jane rubbed salt all over her body to become a dissolving _____ and thusly, rightfully so,
_____ right out of this _____ world.
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