playing pass the parcel
with a raw onion
the imaginary music in our heads stopping
at the precise same moment
peeling back layer after layer
till there is nothing left
but the tears are real

Suzanne Verrall lives in Adelaide, Australia. Her flash fiction, essays and poetry appear in Atlas and Alice, Flash Frontier, Archer Magazine, Lip, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, Australian Poetry Journal, and others. Her website:

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