I am out of time’s clutches; - Spiraling my irises downstream, until they penetrate The solid wall of translucent wrapping paper That encapsulates silver beads into a Necklace that never breaks. He fastens it behind my neck, reminding Me of those parallel universes, those mirrors I Used to play within. But that is over, We are separate. … I am out of tune, a piano that has been left dusty. Musical notes rot inside of me. Inside the damp, dank Habitat that I fashioned out of my organs. Laughter was being harvested, under the most desirable Conditions. Artificial lighting shone and droplets of Dirt held it in. No one ever got close to escaping. Not from this body. And so they leave me to gather dust, dismantling Every inaction with a word that is made of serifs And daggers. I cannot go back.