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Exoskeletons

November 30, 2007

Desert magician, darkling
beetle
— imagine
if you woke

to find your lost twin lying
empty alongside
you in bed —

dead. Or if in the middle
of, at work, import-
ant drivel,

you came unfastened. Do you
step with care or kick
the useless

you aside, pretend you do
not see it lying
there? Or, con-

sider, lost in a roman-
tic declaration,
the likely

embarrassment when a bone-
splitting crack is heard.
The shell falls

away revealing nothing
over and over,
but itself.

by Wendy Vardaman

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