more than once 

you were hospitalized 
because of it 

pretty common, i hear
during the navy years 

those chemicals and paints 
used on the trawlers

the last time 
you laid on the beach
drank saltwater 
flushed your system

it poured from your pores 
you held my hand so tightly
some kind of desperate effort 

i swear
had i lit a match 
you'd have exploded

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