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The Ballad of the Starlet | By Will Ragsdale

“Another song!” the old king brays as the weary bard then sighsIn a sing-song way, the troubadours say“Performance or demise.” The drummer drums his numbing thumbs,and the harpist’s knuckles crack.The lutist plays through painful daze,his hands gone raw and black. Each note he breeds, his fingers bleed;his strings snap with a twang.He spoke to curse this …

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