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50 DESIGNS TO MURDER MAGIC


                                    Can you say she took your breath away
                                    Yes, I can say that
                                    But you talked on to her
                                         And that
                                              Required
                                                    Breath
                                    Can you say
                                    She was beautiful
                                    Yes, I can say that
                                         Her hair especially was beautiful
                                                   And her serious

                                                          Eyes
                                         But she was also
                                                   Exceptionally kind
                                    She listened when you spoke
                                         Yes, and laughed
                                              When I said
                                                   Something amusing
                                    Yet her laughter seemed almost
                                              Reluctant
                                              As if she couldn’t quite help herself
                                    As if something came from within
                                    (As something came from within me)


                                    There was no way on earth we could be

                                    lovers


                                    As I left she said, “It was wonderful to
                                    meet you”
                                    I thanked her for being so considerate


                                                          Her hair moved often
                                                                      As she moved


               As it turned out, it wasn't at all necessary to murder magic. Our first date--
               magic  again--was  on  Valentine's  Day,  2017.  Soon,  Sangye  and  I  began  to
               live together, and we began to imagine a new life in which it was possible
               for an old death-haunted man and a young woman to love each other and to
               respond  to  the  very  different  needs  each  of  them  might  manifest  at  any
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