The Disappearing Woman


Watch my arms reach they are
taffy ropes pulling always pulling
thinner thinnest

Watch my legs twirl me I am
a neverending top
I spin and spinandspinandspin and

Watch my heart beat faster I can
keep time until I can’t
see it anymore faster now don’t blink it’s —

Watch my belly shrink
see my bones pop
out these ribs are sharp
I turn sideways and

Watch my hair fall out I shake
my head – no just my scalp now – there it goes
andgoesandgoes every last strand

See my skin fade to white to
match my bones my scalp my teeth
Little Cheshire cat grinning grinning until that too is


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