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Torso of Air

Suppose you do change your life.

& the body is more than


a portion of night–sealed

with bruises. Suppose you woke


& found your shadow replaced

by a black wolf. The boy, beautiful


& gone. So you take the knife to the wall

instead. You carve & carve


until a coin of light appears

& you get to look in, at last,


on happiness. The eye

staring back from the other side–


waiting.


-Ocean Vuong

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