Stephanie Ross and
Stefanie A. Shilling

Stephanie Ross

The Magician’s Box
By Stefanie A. Shilling
Inspiration piece

climb in
lay yourself down

time stops
in the magician’s box

outside, the shiny tops spin
reflections glimmer
bouncing lights

then comes the first cut
make yourself smaller
to avoid getting hurt

bend your knees
pull them up to your chest
your feet are the first to go
you don’t need them to stand anymore

bury your face
or they will bury you whole

shrink yourself
to organs and bones and skin
folded and stacked

because after all
you are magic too.



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