Strength

Which strength
is best for me?

How often should I use the
strength?

Does strength
clump up when you add it to liquid?

And are there strengths
that don’t clump up as much?

What is an ideal alternative to traditional
strength – superior strength?

Will strength mix with water
and swell?

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Do you understand strength?

Do you have ANY concept of how much
strength there is?

Do you understand how strength was used?

Do you know how long the strength lasts?

Is there a connection between
strength and stomach acid?

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In the initial experiment, no strength was included,
but there should have been!

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Strength is what?
Strength is wheat?
Strength is a wheel?
Strength is a feat?

Strength is that good evidence?
Strength is so, infrequently?
Strength is to be available?
Strength is a good glossary?

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You will not find here a warning how strength can damage your health.
only that strength can damage your teeth.

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The efficacy of strength
can reverse weakness.

The inefficacy of weakness
can result in strength.

So is strength merely weakness
having a bad day?

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strength is pocket change
strength is regime change
strength is a daily regimen
strength is a daily newspaper
strength is the news stripped of the facts
strength is the fact of the matter
strength is matted hair
strength is high hair brought low
strength is high hair kept high

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what goes into our supercool,
sensory strength?
sensory ‘flavor-shifting’ strength?
malaria strength?
man-breast strength?

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I’m sure we’ve all been
a package of strength.

I’m sure we’ve all been
brackets and wires of strength
boxes and wool sweaters of strength.

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regular strength is the humble tree
strength is the species which dominates
there is strength in lists
there is strength in lists of numbers
there is strength in transmissions of strength

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It was said that the Spartan hero Strongus
had the strength of 18 Persians.

One day the Persians sent 18 Persians
against Strongus who themselves
had the strength of 18 Strongus’s.

It was a massacre.

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“I’d like to get away to explore strength
as the perfect strength.”

“I know just the island!”

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there is strength tucked inside
everyone you know and love (or hate)?

there is strength in the food you’re eating?

there is strength in those
trying to get food?

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oh, your poor pain mouth
oh, your poor pain poodle
oh, your poor pain poodle-mouth
on a leash vomiting everywhere –
if only there were strength!

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we are lost –
if only there were strength to guide us

we are hungry
here in the dense, dry forest –
if only there were strength
to develop a strategy of deploying our
limited animal traps
in order to form the words
“we are lost”
and set them on fire

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save your strength for a rainy day
save your strength for a bonfire
save your strength by packing it on dry ice
save your strength by teaching it to hunt
and drive race cars
save your strength by building a well-stocked
bunker and practicing periodic emergency drills
save you strength by teaching it
the Way of the Cross

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strength is an accumulation of two to ten
but strength is much more
than the usual number

strength is also a spray
strength is sediment
strength is extracted
strength is always a risk.
strength is no law
strength is what goes for just

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twist strength by the neck
and feel the soreness of your wrists

punch strength in the face
and feel your hands break

kick strength in the shins
again and again and again
and the toe of your boot
will wear out –
so alternate legs
every 15-20 kicks
so that your toes wear evenly

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strength has no sense of humor

even if strength laughs and chortles as
it is smashing things to bits
DO NOT be fooled into thinking
strength has a sense of humor

DO attempt to escape as soon as possible

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strength cannot be passed from man to man
like fire can be passed from tree to tree
or like chlamydia can be passed from
a college student summering in Greece
to her unhappy grad student fiancee at MIT

it is more like the guys on Duck Dynasty
fucking diseased farm animals on the outtakes reel
and not getting Hoof and Mouth disorder.

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Was there something more
than strength?

Was there something
working in cahoots with strength?

Was there something
compelling the strength to take action?

Was strength just following orders?

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strength consists of chemicals
developed by scientists

this is ironic in that scientists
are generally perceived as weaklings

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There should not be any
further symptoms of strength
manifested in feats of strength.

But where there is strength
there is always more strength
claiming to be of a stronger strength.

This is the nature of strength.

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