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Wipe That Simile Off Your Aphasia

Harryette Mullen

as horses as for
as purple as we go
as heartbeat as if
as silverware as it were
as onion as I can
as cherries as feared
as combustion as want
as dog collar as expected
as oboes as anyone
as umbrella as catch can
as penmanship as it gets
as narcosis as could be
as hit parade as all that
as ice box as far as I know
as fax machine as one can imagine
as cyclones as hoped
as dictionary as you like
as shadow as promised
as drinking fountain as well
as grassfire as myself
as mirror as is
as never as this

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"Wipe that Simile off your Aphasia" by Harryette Mullen. Copyright © 1997 by Harryette Mullen. Reprinted with the permission of the author.


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