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Volatility’s up, my stock’s gone down,

My net wealth’s slipped right under.

I’ve been stitched right up, rolled slam flat

by a juggernaut of a side-wīnder.

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I’m now unemployed.

I’m now dumbstuck.

I stare into a void.

The cobra has struck.

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This cough and this fever are making me wonder

if I have succumbed to life’s final blunder.

Inflamed, distressed, feeling cells ript asunder:

I’m being crushed by an awesome anaconda.