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The camera adds ten what, I can't remember.

But the threat's enough to make me stay

away. I don't want any more of what I have.

I don't want another spider plant. I don't

want another lover. Especially I don't want

another clock, except insofar as each of us

is a clock, all hammers and counting

down. And yes, I know by heart the list

of lifetimes. A worker bee will die before

a camel. A fox will die before a pilot whale.

A pocket watch will die before the clock inside

the crocodile—I think of this often, but never

tell my lover, as I do not tell him that,

upstairs, a moth is pinned by the window

sash. I make no plans to free it. Everyone says

the baby looks like me, but I can’t see it.

Ten What

Natalie Shapero

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