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April 3 (the coin behind your ear) | by romanlily
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April 3 (the coin behind your ear)

Before you knew you owned it

it was gone, stolen, and you were a fool.

How you never felt it is the wonder,

heavy and thick,

lodged deep in your hair like a burr.

You still see the smile of the magician

as he turned the coin in his long fingers,

which had so disturbed your ear

with their caress. You watched him

lift it into the light, bright as frost,

and slip it into his maze of pockets.

You felt vainly behind your ear

but there was no second coin,

nothing to tempt him back.

No one cared to know why he did it,

only how.

– Connie Wanek

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Taken on April 3, 2007