I often overhear others discuss
        "—I never thought that he would—"
        "—when I got back I literally died from—"
        "—no, you see, when you—"
        "—and so I told her that if—"

I sip my drink and listen
        catching words and thoughts
        insults and praises
                false and true
Melting them down
        and reforging the remains
        for my own purposes

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