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make no mistake —

i have made some royal messes

in my twenty-five years of living

everything from tornado-ravaged rooms

to residual evidence of baking mishaps

(accidents of uncontrolled chemistry)

dutch ovens so thoroughly caked

in charcoal and grime

too daunting to approach

never mind scour

but i have cleaned up

every last mess

including some made by others

and i am confident that you

will be no exception

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