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“When a girl is killed…”

When a girl is killed When we say

her murderer as if it’s a sweet

slow burn of possession When the girl

was killed in Geneseo When her ex

killed her When the man killed her

When he stabbed her When he killed

her lover When he killed a man When he

killed himself When

at the memorial When they don’t

mention her When iced

with blame When a girl learns When to keep

herself safe When it’s a matter of yelling Fire

not Help me not Rape not Run

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