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pleasantries

it is pleasant to breathe after strangulation

it is pleasant to clink a wishbottle against yr yellowing teeth

it is pleasant to tie boredom to the bed and whip the shit out of it

it is pleasant to walk on cold ground with defective spaces in yr mind

it is pleasant to dance in the shark moonlight with a rat and two Polish sausages

it is pleasant to shit sticks and wipe snot from your wordtrap

it is pleasant to count the percentage of satisfactory intercourses

it is pleasant to cough up new wax, boogers, and phlegm

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