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LETTER FROM A CRAB

Priscilla Frake


This world is shadow, rise
    and fall
                    or sideways slide
      of voltage.
This world is fish in gliding
                                     nightwash:
      all metal-and-teeth,
           all chrome-and-gut,
                all blank windows
     and jaws
                                 and you just want to breathe
         without being pinched.
But I pinch, clutch, scuttle
                                       in your clench!
      I am your knight in rusted armor,
       your strong claw, your might-
                             have-been, your unpaid
                 protection. I live
          in that soup can you have for rent
                                        in your chest
and I will defend you against every!
                                                   I will no you
               into carapace and clack
                     the wrack of any,
                                                   and you will be safe
                                                         and if you are sorry
                          that’s not my worry.

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