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The Copper Horse

My mother got engaged in the autumn of 1982 to an
enlisted man I never met. She said his name was Tom.
He only came on Sunday afternoons, my mother said. He liked to 
just rest on the couch, my mother said. 
He was so tired, my mother said.

I told the world. 
It was like winning the lottery. Maybe we
could finally be like everyone…

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