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Yuko Minamikawa Adams

She received a brooch from a boyfriend. 

She smiled, and promised to always wear it. 

After he left, she went to her bedroom, 

looked herself in the mirror, 

then swallowed the brooch. 

Silver bubbles tingled her throat and landed on her heart. 

Her heart is made of purple velvet, 

decorated with jewellery. 

When her heart beats, 

shadows of silver blink in her breast.


From Staple issue 66/67 (Spring/Summer 2007)