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How to Get Your Due

You will need a piece of brown paper, ripped
On all four edges. A red pen. A blue
Pen. Lemon juice. Cayenne pepper. Crossroads
Or a freezer. A plastic bag, the zipped
Kind. With the red pen, write the name of who
Owes you, nine times. Then, turn what you just wrote
90 degrees. With the blue pen, write “Pay
Your due.” across the name, 9 times. Splash
Lemon juice on it, put it in the bag,
Add cayenne and shake it. Seal it away:
In the back of the freezer for cold cash
Or bury it at a crossroads to snag
Repayments of other kinds. When you’ve got
Your due, dig it out/throw it out …or not.

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