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           At the age of seventeen I lived in Chile for about twenty months and this is where I got the inspiration for this poem. I was with my girlfriend over there when an elderly Gypsy women approached us asking for money. I could tell at once that she was drunk and high off glue, which she had in a bag and would inhale from every so often. When I looked into her eyes I saw that they were empty.

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