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at your birthday

I regret promising you magic

when the reality is,

sometimes life needs a reason.

The magician makes mistakes,

and you see the hole in the silk of the hat,

and the rabbit's tail peeks through

and the invisible string pulls at

the floating girl

who keeps all our eyes facing front,

wondering if the world

is too heavy,

wondering if a mistake

will make it snap and break.

But invisible strings are hopeful things

and magic brings joy,

and our reasons for believing in it all

is because we know it's okay

that the hole is there

and sometimes

we allow ourselves to fall.

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