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Spirit in a Bottle

by Joanne Marisa Leow
   --- wings beating
       frantic against bars;
the wild thrashing
       frenzied for freedom

the gasping poem entangled in me
   clawing for the fresh air
       and recognition.
succeeding only in fragments
   slivers of half-thought;
the dull throb of mute panic
   darting through my mind.

The equivocation of
   wanting this fatal freedom
   and a sustaining imprisonment.

Straining for certain death
   measured, illogical heartbeats
     rapidly ebbing
       to a gradual

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