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3.

A corpse can dance, of course,
if you hold it up, bear
its dwindling weight
across the kitchen floor.
What other partner
would become lighter
as the music pours?
A petal-shedding flower?
A leaky jug of water?
An open bag of sugar?
Nothing can force
skin to the interior.
It will shred before.
It’s the exterior
that last flowers.
It’s everything else
that follows.


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