Prize As Price

The winning ticket is worth more than the others,
sure, I’ll buy that,
but if they’d sell it for more everyone might know,
know that their ticket was worthless,
see? You’ve got to keep
some things secret from your mother,
some sights you’ve seen, some
people,
some things kept secret for her sake and
some for yours,
you’ve got to keep those tickets locked up,
someday, you’ll tally the prices you’ve paid for them,
and find they’re worth less than the prize.

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