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She shakes the dome

hard

until it snows

 

‘Now make a wish,’

 

pause

 

‘and it’s not allowed

to have anything to do with me.’

 

Her father’s eyes

dart deerlike

from fear to awe

threatening truthless sentimentals

that would embarrass them both

 

silence settles like fake snow

 

She dismisses his lack of courage

his wishlessness

with smoothie remnants

sucked up noisily through a reluctant straw

 

He scans an inner wishfree sky

filled only with light

already extinct

and balls of gas

burning

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