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The Movements of Mechanical Objects

From: Cream City Review
Volume 37, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2013-2014
pp. 13-14 | 10.1353/ccr.2013.0062

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Someone keeps opening the music box
in the middle of the night.

It used to play Claire de Lune, now
plays muzak versions of the latest pop song.

I sleep with one eye open.
The figurine has surely been pushing

her way out. Her toes are so slender
she can pry open the lock.

Her sleek limbs bunch their muscles
as she lifts the lid, and

for ten seconds, she looks
like a sumo wrestler in her tutu.

If you asked her, she’d tell you
what it’s like to be buried alive.

To spin on command.
She’s been studying to be a DJ.

There are lots of classes on the internet,
she’ll say. A girl can be anything.

But the dark trope only lets
her rise into a sea of pink

with plush dolphins.
Maybe I’ll grow up,

she says, looking around,
to be a veterinarian.

You don’t tell her that her veneer
is wrinkling and her belly

bulges like a squeezed tube.
Her eyes chip

away without her notice.
It won’t be long until

she’s retired. The body
junked and thrown

from the box. Separated
from everything that moves.

Rebecca Morgan Frank  

Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon 2012), a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her poems have appeared such places as Ploughshares, 32 Poems, Guernica, and The Missouri Review online. She edits the online magazine Memorious and teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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