For my next trick…

my heart is a ventriloquist…
“I love you!”
thrown over a shoulder
“excuse me?”
I approach to clarify…
a face turns back,
all horrified,
eyes wide, recoiling…
“I love you!”
heard again
from over there…
I spin! this time
a figure turns
to hold me, sobbing;
her heart is into magic, too
—an escape artist!
presenting its most daring stunt!
iron chains, a thousand locks
in shark-infested waters!
gasp!

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