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Chris Neilson Nov 2017
Hello Poetry is a poet's sanctuary
where we can kick off our shoes
slovenly slouch in lounge pants
or nothing if that's your thing
or sing while you muse to music
or sit in silence stroking your chin
like a suburban Shakespeare
of century number twenty one

Less friendly formal places
we may have previously frequented
with elitist farty upstarts cluttering
our thought space with condescension
and telling us we're doing it wrong
as if they invented our genre of choice
with rigidity and rules and other turdage
oh what buffoonish balderdash!

Our inner thoughts and dreams
can be spilled forth without worry
or risk of arrest by the poetry police
we can be poets anonymous
we can come and go as we please
we can bond and virtually hug
we can freely express ourselves
we can be who we want to be
With love to the HP massive!
Chris Neilson Feb 2018
"Meeow", said the pussycat
"Twit twoo" said the owl
"woo me you twit", she scowled
"it's St.Valentine's Day
where are the flowers?
chocolates and wine?
and why the pea green boat?"
"I thought we could use them
to dance by the light of the moon", he wooed
"but it's raining and cold and in Manchester we live"
"my darling it's not where you live, it's where you're at"
"oh go on then I'll get me coat
I just wish we'd never won this Bullseye boat"
Bullseye was a low budget gameshow in the UK in the 1980s/90s
I left my heart in Manchester Royal
I left my mind in a puddle of mud
I left my bag in a Harvester
in Trentham, Staffs
what a daft thing to do be do be doo
like Shaggy without ****** Doo
a starter of Frank Sinatra
with strangers in the night
weary and teary salty water
from my ol' blue eyes filled with remorse
coded and loaded with regret
and yet to let to kindred souls
without holes or fanciful goals

Chuck Berry's ding a ling
to a dwindling singing career
is a fear to steer clear of as
my stuttery staccato delivery to an audience of one man in the mirror
throws stones back through
the windows of his soul
Chris Neilson Jun 13
Dog's head out of a car window
Jesus will save you on the bumper
what's coming around the next corner?
an oversized poodle in a massive jumper

Mrs Murphy's washing line's damp
cotton hanging saturated and forlorn
"******* to brexit" adorns a wheelie bin
the brown one containing stale popcorn

Straight road narrowing to angry bottleneck
a static metallic jam, day in day out
oldies remember when this was a field
when they lived for Saturday's twist and shout

Everyone's sinking in shrinking time
dashing and clashing, texting and vexed
endless queues to be a reality star
with limited talent you could be next

A rolling **** Jagger gathers no moss
a mother's pram always finds dogshit
ignorance is bliss for car horn offenders
caring not for others, not one little bit

I scratch my head when I understand not
confused, bemused when I walk the streets
people are strange, some are even stupid
they wipe ***** shoes on bus and train seats

What's it all about, this bizarre life?
ever stopped to think once in a while?
probably not, too few hours in a day
even without the ousted Jeremy Kyle

Sometimes I sip from a white tea cup
sometimes I gulp from a black coffee mug
rareIy I have sweet moments of clarity
mostly I live in a befuddled fug
Written after walking in my locality today
Chris Neilson Oct 26
C'mon you writers and poets!
let's do the Brexit rhetoric shuffle!
all politicians cliches sold on ebay
so kick off your brogues and kitten heels
and get kicking that can right down the road.
double down to the Commons mood music
and drive a coach and horses
on a level playing field
find wriggle room on a landing strip and only say "Boris" not "Johnson"

Wave your fake news on a cliff edge
and say "17.4 million people" over and over and over and over and over again
match your Benn and Surrender acts
like the rest of the world gives a ****
and argue, bicker and squabble
like spoilt privileged children

Flextensions and delays and
divisive visions of a future
that will never please everyone
the final collective breakdown
will come to one and all
if we hear one more time
"let's get Brexit done"
My aim is to reflect the UK's current "mood music"
Chris Neilson Sep 20
You left me in the best of times
of my health and relative youth
with more life ahead than behind
when still naive and a little uncouth

You returned in the worst of times
with my numbed scarred heart
still blaming my lack of intuition
before embarking on a new start

I stored the betrayal without knowing
what future deceit lay in wait
the guilty party now yours truly
as I ate the alluring forbidden bait

Two wrongs never made it right
we lost something along the way
a relationship built on shifting sand
but with you my soul evermore lay
Life experience
Chris Neilson Nov 2017
"Doctor, I'm having trouble sleeping
I'm beset by creative thought processes
afflicted by rhyming couplets and alliteration
I was humble but now I mumble and fumble
my life's stumbling and crumbling".

"Please continue Mr Neilson"

"Thanks Doc, I can't fit food in my mouth
it's full of words struggling for oration
to a receptive, perceptive audience
all fruits are similes to me
all vegetables have become metaphors
and some not safe for work.

"Ah ha, I think I know what's going on here
take this list of phone numbers and website addresses.
I recommend open microphone performance for your condition, particularly those with supportive, amiable hosts, there are many in Greater Manchester, you should find it cathartic and it should help"

"OK doc, what exactly is your diagnosis?"

"You are a poetaholic"
Sometimes it feels that way :)
Chris Neilson Aug 21
Youth should be carefree
in our dotage we should get
dignified free care
same as the sound
of a falling tree
in an uninhabited forest
does an unliked
or uncommented upon
hello poetry post
actually exist?
I loathe the fear of my age
most of the planet are younger
than I in my envious loathing

The youth that own my once adolescence
scare me with their robotic ways
zombie eyed into small screens
oblivious to beauty and danger

Judge them not my ego pleas
were I born in this century
me too would be like them I suppose

They are the future keepers
of our climate changing world
so I must respect their insularity

Social awareness is played online
in a virtual world of non contact
of a physical nature

As humanity loses its senses
I lose all sense of what I knew
Not an attack on the young. An observation of technology challenging our very existence
Chris Neilson Aug 15
your first two years of
life then shape your character
all your life after
What happens in the first 2 years of life lays the foundation for everything to come
Chris Neilson Aug 30
welcome to my wilderness years
spent trapped with hope and fears
dressed in a veil of toxic tears
riding a cycle of life which veers
towards anxiety's extreme frontiers

front ears, the most eerie of ears
in an era of lost working careers
careering to a cliff edge that nears
'til the depressive dust cloud clears
driven away by listening engine ears

identifying with rebellious mutineers
and creative bohemian pioneers
PJ Harvey rather than Britney Spears
the altruistic and the volunteers
I live a life in all their spheres

not searching for 1,2 or 3 cheers
as the only rhyme left is gondoliers!
Just a bit of Friday for fun my fellow Hello Poetry contributors. Have a grand weekend!
Chris Neilson Apr 19
Good Friday sunshine
day of fast and abstinence
but haiku exempt
Rare Good Friday sunshine in UKland
Round and round and round we go
tapping heel and tapping toe
but this is no barn dance show
it's cardiac rehab, don't you know?

Stretching limbs for warming muscle
doing the Tuesday cardiac hustle
with our hesitant torsos we tussle
a hive of activity, movement and bustle

Gail and Sarah to guide our way
we're no strangers to a hospital stay
we don't talk Brexit or Theresa May
we don't need the drama of a Shakespeare play

Taking our pulse on a bicycle ride
curling our biceps with no place to hide
receiving instructions with arms by our side
letting the NHS be our mentor and guide

After the warm up comes the warm down
We're allowed to smile and fight off a frown
no place here to play the clown
no tears in which for us to drown

Rehab includes mental health self care
an issue of which we should all be aware
we arrived with a problem ticker to bear
but leave with happy memories to share
After suffering a "cardiac event" last year I recently successfully completed a cardiac rehab programme  so this poem is my take on the experience.
Chris Neilson Apr 2017
We're all actors in the HP play
on and off our poetry stage
writing lines to fulfil the day
plenty placate while others rage

Making a point through rhyme and prose
to varying audience replies
scriptwriters delivering body blows
thespians striking between the eyes

Exchanging sentiments of respect
interchanging from reader to writer
a past love many keen to resurrect
or for the bitten to be the biter

Dull day jobs or working from home
paying mortgages, rents and bills
then back to our poetic platform
a cathartic aim to cure all ills
Blowing air kisses to you all my dahlings
Chris Neilson Sep 2018
I may never reach my ultimate goal
always trying to save your soul
never discovering sustainable joy
always scheming with a plot and ploy

I may never find what I'm looking for
always pacifying and renouncing war
never feeling healthy for more than a week
always hiding when I should seek

I may never see the perfect day
always feel like running away
never felt comfortable in my own skin
always losing when it's easier to win

I may never curb negative feelings
always looking up at glass ceilings
never saying I like you
always thinking I love you
Deep, real deep, eh?
Chris Neilson Jul 22
I asked OK Google woman
"I wanna know what love is"
OKGW, "I want you to show me"
"I wanna feel what love is"
OKGW, "I know you can show me"
"How do I show you what love is?"
OKGW, "By ending asking me questions relating to the mediocre, slow paced American poodle headed soft rock band who were popular with listeners who should know  better in the 1980s"
Chris Neilson Nov 17
Silence is silver but tranquillity is golden
a meadow, birdsong, wild flowers untamed
at one with nature, no need to count further
green is the colour of calm it's claimed

I have an inherent need to escape turmoil
a city man with a country heart
fresh air, farm tracks and bales of hay
enjoying the simplicity of a horse and cart

Over population and overcrowded cities
we never evolved to live this way
divided communities breeding bigotry
climate change now a price to pay

Humanity needs space to live in harmony
the pacifist within me craves peace
flawed humans denigrating not integrating
worldwide hostility will never cease
Not a very positive piece, but I believe a truthful one
Chris Neilson Aug 23
getting noticed on
Hello Poetry is like
knitting spaghetti
Chris Neilson Jun 2018
C'mon silence, come to me
lay me down on bended knee
head bowed as if in prayer
but into space I vacantly stare
lost in my own fragile ego
presumed lost seeds to sow
from soil rich from sun and rain
to banish fears and nagging pain

C'mon tranquility, show me pity
show me this world's not so ******
lift my spirits to ethereal healing
keep me afloat from a sinking feeling
peace be with you my friend
reciprocate my ear to lend
a faint sound of a ticking clock
with no surprises or a shock

C'mon interruptions, give me a break
when trying to sleep you keep me awake
know when a man needs his rest
don't put his patience to the test
let him find his way to good health
allay tormentors who come by stealth
my phone's off, my writing radar is on
inking my thoughts before they're gone

C'mon life, give me time to live you
there's still so much to see and do
though I never cut the umbilical cord
I need some contentment and reward
my spoken word in you I trust
before my bones turn to dust
don't let me die wondering why
my tears were never allowed to dry
A confessional piece after suffering health issues over the last few years.
Thanks for reading
Chris Neilson Jul 29
****** of gentle clear running water
over multi coloured mishaped pebbles
after the incessance of yesterdays rain
intermittent leaf drips on my capped head
pleased I left my anxiety bed

this is how it feels to be happy
content to breathe in the moment
surrounded by protective trees
wooden guards abating trouble
strife and worries at the double

a friendly dog stops and joins me
five seconds together watching the world
the owner says she must like me
I assume she's talking about her dog
as we follow the track of a floating log

the stream has evolved to a river today
swelled by the tears of our planet
hurting from humanity's evil toxins
our natural world's existence in doubt
my fears from within meet a future without

late July's heatwave then monsoon
symbolise life's ever changing moods
a graveyard brings timely perspective
to spurn a tempting devil's dance
to live each day as a last chance
I awoke in a dark mood this Monday morning so headed to my local walking sanctuary and wrote the above.
Chris Neilson Nov 12
Depressed yesteryear
future anxious thoughts thrive
serenity now
it's recognised that the depressed dwell on the past, the anxious fear the future and the most content live in the moment
Chris Neilson Aug 15
Today I looked up at the house
where I joined this life
in a single bed under a window
on a freezing February day
with the Beatles at number one
my mother and me as one

My conscious memory pages
are brown and curling inward
to close the windows of my soul
would colour my vivid recollections
but this I do not wish upon me
waves of nostalgia would drown me

Depression is living in the past
I've heard this said to my face
that post code won't lure me
as I reside on anxiety street
about the future I'm too busy worrying
anything and everything is worrying

All our yesterdays should stay there
their taunting can be debilitating
we age, our bodies let us down
trying to turn back time is futile
staying close to loved ones is all we can do
living in the present is all we can do
I was born in a house not a hospital. I visited that house today. I viewed it from a safe distance.
When you're lost in space
no one can hear you scream
when you're lost in Hello Poetry
no poet can hear you scream
Tragically, sometimes the best poetry goes largely unread
My loungewear is tartan today
red and black
or black and red
however you like your shortbread

Before you wilt, 'tis not a kilt
no, no, no
it's two legged and fleecy
sporran-less to boot

But I do possess defined calves
if I say so myself so may I say
if I wear a short pant
no visual disgust may ensue

Only a knowing glance
of admiration from
a discerning eye to
south of the knee

In touch with my inner narcissus
out of touch with trending fashion
so please don't take the pissus
bad poetry's my outer passion
Chris Neilson May 2017
In Manchester today we're hurting
evil has visited our great city
children among murdered innocents

As shock permeates our very being
we grieve with the bereaved
united in our condemnation

Mancunian warmth and spirit to the fore
we've been bombed and terrorised before
this pointless atrocity won't break us

In the midst of unimaginable horror
reports of selfless heroic bravery
in this city love will always prevail
My home city the centre of attention for the wrong reasons today
Chris Neilson Mar 2017
She felt Facebook was an unnecessary evil
why live in a vicarious virtual void?
erstwhile friends kidnapped by social media
even her beloved doting dog was annoyed

She directed bitterness towards Twitter
140 characters hardly a ballet
no proof to her the world was kind
no shield to keep her demons away

She retreated into a twilight existence
a bleak future beckoned without a foothold
obstinate obscurity and sliding into oblivion
out of the darkness she suddenly struck gold

Miss Anthropy wasn't born to despise mankind
an outlet was needed to rid her of hate
she changed her ways via writing and verse
finding Hello Poetry and her true soul mate!
A play on words
Chris Neilson Sep 15
We have to exit
our lives on the whole world stage
so new life can grow
We can't live forever
From the birthday to the final day
we can never obstruct mortality's way
heartfelt investment in family or friend
will never cease, will never end

Memories live on beyond earthly demise
in the eyes of the bereaved and their goodbyes
recollections of happiness together with pain
sun drenched times mixed with rain

Legacies live on in everyday life
our old friend time does heal strife
we still wish they were only a phone call away
we still miss them every single day

There is no price on emotional cost
but nobody loved is ever lost
For the bereaved
Chris Neilson Jan 2018
I read in the news today
we are in a poetry boom
to write our own way
we all have wriggle room

The artform's star is rising
populism over intellectuality
****** attitudes declining
celebrating individuality

Books are flying off shelves
fresh voices heard online
we just can't help ourselves
accessibility is now fine

Collective confidence is growing
we're dining at the grown-ups table
on ancient cobwebs we're blowing
our poetic future's strong and stable
'tis true my friends. We've never been so popular. Strike while the iron's hot!
Chris Neilson Aug 26
Some pronounce them pomes
more usually heard as poe-ims
in our work we must trust
whether it sinks or swims
We make the world go around
Chris Neilson Aug 11
Viewing beauty through your eyes
hearing melody via your ears
feeling comfort from your touch
tasting success with your work
scenting your candles via Yankee

You stop my life turning manky
from my troubles you never shirk
you love me so very much
you dry my sorrowful bitter tears
you build bridges for my sighs
Format: see what I did here?
Chris Neilson Jul 30
I walk sans canine
I'm one in a million
so throw me a bone
In my neck of the woods, to be seen walking alone for pleasure without a dog can be viewed as questionable. The simple fact is I don't have a love of dogs but the poet within me enjoys walking alone.
Chris Neilson Apr 29
I don't recognise me anymore
from when life was what I made it
now silently confused to the core
dizzy and sick to my stomach's pit

Nothing matters beyond the next meal
food a toxin when once a pleasure
chilblains appearing from toe to heal
causing pain that's made to measure

Frightened, fatigued, lost and weary
my doctor's surgery a second home
a troubled face once so cheery
a lealflet of sadness now a tome

Medication a constant presence
around which a day is planned
a work ethic once part of my essence
spiralled south into sinking sand

A bathroom mirror spits in my face
oh to be twenty five years young again
rewinding time to a happier place
nostalgic thoughts of where and when

Drink your water, sunshine, and breathe
watch the sparrows dropping seeds
listen indefinitely to remain and leave
try not to bite the hand that feeds

A state of mind can get in a state
so counselling for self care a must
tortuous Tuesdays for a clean slate
rake over ashes, clearing depressive dust

We all cope with illness in different ways
bad days lived with nothing but dread
but they will pass in Spring sunshine rays
and dampen self pity fires inside my head
Challenging times
Chris Neilson Sep 11
When I found my poetry feet
they sent me on an excursion
without the aid of a Twitter tweet
from politicians like Nicola Sturgeon

They roved and roamed and rambled
and wandered and meandered
with gout they sometimes shambled
to places at best sub standard

Stumbling in to a rhyme zone
is no place for the faint hearted
poetry snobs would never condone
using rhymes like someones farted

It smells like trivial doggerel here
no genius from the ankle down
these plates weren't made for Shakespeare
I'll just end it with a Proper Noun (or not)
*plates is Cockney rhyming slang for feet
Chris Neilson Nov 16
If someone close to you
were to lose their smile
you could give them yours
to use for a while

If they find it from your love
and return your smile with glee
wear it again with pride
for all the world to see
Just a smiley thought  
Chris Neilson Jul 10
Me and Andy meandered
up Hilary's drive wasting time
adoring an odour at her door
of buried fruit so sublime
toying with words and attempting the art of playing clever-****
Chris Neilson Oct 18
Sunday evening I feared you
I loathed, I despised, I hated you
from knee high to a spacehopper
to hard bitten bitter nine to fiver

You forced me to panic homework
for Monday morning double maths
to thoughts of cockroached Barmouth baths
of corporal leather punishment
by spittle mouthed ****** heads
of departmental worries and dreads

You turned up every week
to haunt me into a midnight fever
to turn to late teenage ******
to fortify a nascent career
in the blood, sweat and tears
of warehouses, factories, offices
of bosses talking out of orifices

You stank the rest of the week out
the **** end of a weekend of fun
pulling the plug after a sip of
decadence over 3 and a bit decades

I heard some say they liked school
I listened to bizarre boastings and
tales of job loving behaviour
what the hell is that?
recognise it I did not
rarely happy with my lot
only happy when complaining

Well, Sunday evening I'm at the controls now
I drove you off a cliff before
leaping out into a field of shift work
where your evil offspring
Monday morning couldn't drag me down into soulless drudgery
mindless tweeting like a budgeri...gar

So, Sunday evening I've dredged you
from the sea floor to my open door
and into my troubled heart
you're not a bad old ******* now
I've learned to caress your stigma
you can't hurt me anymore
your tail no longer wags this old dog
I've been trying to post this since last Sunday evening!
Chris Neilson Jul 2017
The gig economy
is the new rock n roll
deliverooing to Uber drivers
gets you off the dole

They're not called shifts anymore
that's far too dull
pretend it's something it's not
let's give it an added pull

Flexible hours or exploitation?
depends if you're worker or boss
very few have a job for life anymore
it's said rolling stones gather no moss

Let's all go to our next gig
you don't need a union card
grab a brush and sweep the stage
imagine you're not mentally scarred
A whole generation now part of the "gig" economy
Chris Neilson May 2018
There's a science in making tea
with milk or without
loose leaf or bags
a multitude of herbal types
so don't believe the hype
of coffee snobs bits and bobs
of elitism and choice of beans
pretentious names ending in 'o'
exotic, ****** when said slow

English tea tells it like it is
Tetley, Yorkshire, PG Tips
Ireland has its Barry's Tea
everyone knows a Barry
the bloke down the pub
sitting on his stool at the bar
like Norm and Cliff at Cheers
sinking cold beers
while shooting the breeze
while Frasier sips his
double non-fat decaff latte
on a beanbag in the corner
of the Cafe Nervosa
where no one knows your name
or from where you came

Coffee breath stinks
reminds me of teachers
at school with nicotine nails
so if you ask me
it's time for tea
with a choccy biccie
when a chinwag beckons
with a fellow tea enthusiast
you can trust a tea drinker
they have patience and taste
always sipping without haste

Delicate bone china cups
enhance the tea experience
big daft mugs filled with
evil smelling frappamaclattitianno
or some such name
from a coffee chain
leaves stains on the soul
of the tea fanatic
if you ask me
it's time for tea
Tea rules!
Chris Neilson Nov 27
You say you have thick skin
this gives you no right to
throw stones at those
you consider to have
thinner skin than you

My chin whiskers bristle
at your bullying behaviour
your insecure endeavours
to humiliate and denigrate
the respectful and kind

Your kind of humanity
has no place in my life
my time is mine to own
my choice with whom to spend
I consign you to toxic history
Chris Neilson Jan 2017
If Trump played a trombone or trumpet
he'd say, "like it or lump it"

If Trump called a woman a strumpet
he'd say, "like it or lump it"

If Trump preached hate from a pulpit
he'd say, "like it or lump it"

If Trump gets dumped on his ****
would he "like it or lump it"?
20 sparrows sitting in my hedge
a waiting area for the feeder
with just 4 perches accommodation
waiting in line behind their leader

Feathers flying in a series of tweets
like squabbling, wobbling British MPs
seeds flung to the ground below
I try not to think about their fleas

A cat lies in wait behind the bins
many failed attempts at bird homicide
too canny for black and white moggie
wherever he chooses to hide

These birdbrains tweet more than Donald Trump
they have a very similar intellect
between beaky and Trumplethinskin
I know which one I'd elect
Just watching the birds
In a seven and a half billion puzzle
humans are all a single jigsaw piece
but some parts would need a muzzle
in a future time of world peace

Put Farage in a sea or ocean
let him exit from a whale's mouth
place Trump in a climate change commotion
in the Antarctic way down south

Remainers fit well in the European map
leavers are the difficult last ones to find
war mongerers fester in a pile of crap
while pacifists knit with their fellow kind

A natural world map of Earth's delights
with no countries and man made hate
would piece together its greatest sights
while the divided planet waits and waits and waits
A 7 and a half billion jigsaw puzzle, eh?
Chris Neilson Jul 31
fluffy collections of stuffed animals
dotted around many a home
at night sometimes when all alone
they come alive, ramble and roam

in my abode resides Rory the Irish bear
Floppy the brown dog wears blue jeans
Percival the pink pig with his over sized snout
Cheers chimp from Boston loves his beans

these furry inanimate creatures
all day and night they sit and stare
waiting for humans to vacate a room
no child or adult must they scare

but last night they all came to life
before my eyes they spoke to me
all with their own individual accent
Rory spoke like a bear from Tralee

Cheers chimp sounded like Woody
Floppy spoke with a ****** drawl
I shouted to my wife to take a look 
from the bottom of the stairs I did call

as she gently entered the room
they suddenly all stopped talking
she swiftly exited the room
they brazenly all started walking

this was repeated thrice times more
so I lost my temper in a fit of pique
I exclaimed so loudly I shook myself awake
my wife awoke too, I was up crap creek

she asked "What the hell is wrong with you?"
my dream so vivid and real as can be
"you were shouting about pigs, bears and dogs"
"well, the talking animals were annoying me"
a true occurrence I felt worthy of sharing
Chris Neilson Jul 21
They say men walked on the moon
the Clangers had a lunar colony
with audible sounds in the silence
and a soup dragon for sustenance but there's never been a woman on the moon

The 60s space race was a male space
a capitalist communist showdown
to find who had the biggest rocket
testosterone driven, members only
so there's never been a woman on the moon

Feminism is alive and healthy today
we have had many female astronauts
but misogyny still lurks in rat holes
and the occasional President's office
still there's never been a woman on the moon

The man in the moon looks forlorn
his craters gaze over Earth's global warming
reportedly a dozen men walked his surface
but his sadness persists in history's folly
that there's never been a woman on the moon
The Clangers was a tv show popular in the UK when I was a kid. I'm a bloke for sure and a commited feminist too
Chris Neilson Feb 2018
If someone felt lonely
and that no one cared
wouldn't it be wonderful
if they were prompted
in some mindful way
every moment someone
was thinking of them

If that someone felt unloved
then someone somewhere
from their past life
be it work, friend or family
contacted them to let them know
they were being thought of
it would make all the difference

If someone felt alienated
from society and its love
when it was clearly untrue
insecurities could be quashed
in a multitude of ways
in today's social media age
by a text, inbox message et al

If someone felt isolated
socially excluded, unwanted
death by a thousand silences
thoughts of hopelessness
when many were thinking of them
loving them without telling them
wouldn't that be a shame?
I regularly hear people saying positive things about people they USED to know.

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