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  • They keep me here,
    Those lips puckered up for good night kisses,
    Tooth fairy duties,
    Chuckle in the night.

    They keep me sane,
    Those questions about fairness, children who have nothing,
    Polar bears drowning,
    How things work.

    They wash away anger
    With silly puns,
    Songs half-remembered,
    The la-la shrieked out loud.

    They ground me.
    Clip my wings.
    Imprison me with love.
    Know not what they do.
    Nor ever will.
    I swear.
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