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Subject:Trick
Time:1403
When I was a little boy
(so my mother tells me)
I had a curious habit; I
Would sit down with a box of tissues,
Pull them out steadily, piece by piece
Box after box, like a magician whose only trick
Was pulling rabbits out of his top hat, and so he
Does it repeatedly because pulling 1000 rabbits
Out of an old hat was one way to make a stale
Trick seem splendid--where was I? Oh yes, the
Tissues. No-one knew why I did it, not even I
And if my mother took my box away, I'd even cry

To this day, I don't know what I'm doing, and why

*Of course, since then I have refined the 'trick'. Now I
Pull little white sticks out of a small box; nevertheless
The principle is the same. No-one is impressed, but the
Trick is on them. Maybe if you check your left shirt pocket
You'll find your expectations of me intact. Or maybe not (!)
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