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What you want to shrink

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what
you want
to shrink
you must first
stretch
what
you want
to weaken
first
prop up
what
you want
to overthrow
begin by
supporting
  hiding
your light,

you
grow
subtle
thus, the weak
overwhelm
the strong;
the soft,
the hard
wise
fish
stay
deep
in their pools
.
swim on,
keeping
sharp
teeth
out of sight.
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