Magic in the World

Abigail Wadsworth Serfass
December 10, 2014
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We all agreed the merciful thing was to kill it.
Larvae growing out of its back like spines
and its head craning round to see what had become
of its body, what it had been replaced with.
I was the oldest, but it was Stephen I made

pry the caterpillar off the branch, and crush it,
and hope nothing would ever grow where it dropped.
I believed there were two magics in the world.

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