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Rane Arroyo

Soap Operas


He shaves for his role in
a soap opera wedding, and
can't stop.
            Off goes his arm hair,
armpit hair, crotch hair.
                                  His toes
are bleeding and he leaves a trail
in the snow for his pretend
beloved to follow which she
does as rehearsed.
                       He is to be found
frozen to death.
                       But daytime ghosts
have semen that survive plot.
He goes home and can't shake off
the scripted possibility a woman
can bear his son simply by thinking
of him.
            He marvels at the Virgin Mary,
how she has survived ages of orgies.
He listens to his hair grow back.

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