Illuminations

Try Me

by Carrie Fountain

says the heart. Excuse me
says the body. Feed me says

the child. Today the world
will open as it does every

day, and that scrim behind
which I so often hide—I will

push at it. Someday it will
give way. And what will I find

looking back at me? Who will
my true audience be?

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