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I’m the last sister standing — but tonight I mean to lie down, to practice being in the box. Tonight, I want to move my mind around my sisters’ girlish bodies and find out what it’s like to be in there. With them. Boxed up. Put away.
Tonight I will surrender this earthy pulse. I will accept their stagnant blood as mine — unclenching my fist and letting go of memory’s balloon. Dear body, is it possible to prepare? To shutter my heart and stop looking at the world?
Deborah Bogen’s books include In Case of Sudden Free Fall (Jacar, 2018).