The Disappearing Woman

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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
gone

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