Oh Silly Skinless

by Laura Poholek

my birthday is in 57 days and isn’t that remarkable
i hope my mother sends me a book on taxidermy
because it’s always amazed me how something can seem
alive or not alive
depending on how realistic
the glass eyes are
like wow
I want this one:
“The Complete Guide to Small Game Taxidermy:
How to Work with Squirrels, Varmints, and Predators”
over cake I’ll read about
how to make something dead
look threatening again
then that night, in bed alone, I’ll
skin myself and
push stuffing into
my carcass
press glass into
my face

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