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Poem: Shalene Tells Anderson on National Television

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Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By Gary Margolis



Shalene tells Anderson on national television

she was pissed off when the bombs ripped

Boyleston Street, tore the tar up. Killed three.

Mangled and dismembered two hundred

 

and sixty-four more than innocent bystanders.

And says again, this Flanagan, she was pissed

off, so quickly the network doesn’t have time

to bleep her words. As if we wouldn’t know

 

what she’s saying, our hometown, Boston-bred

(you can say Marblehead instead) street-running,

Heartbreak Hill-peaking, tuned-up runner.

Our street-talking, elite girl. Who says this race

 

is about pain, seeing pain in a leading, woman’s legs.

And knowing when to put down the hammer.

Although in her voice, every  is lost

to the weathah. Endearing her to Anderson

 

and us, but not the terrorists. She runs on Patriots

Day to piss off, to put them in their place.

To look into the camera, our first finisher

to wear a tape across her chest.

                                               — Gary Magolis, Cornwall

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