Paula Koneazny: Diorama


Here are five boxes. The first one is loaded.

There’s a nuclear bomb in the second box. You ask it to decease.

The third provides temporary abode for your prisoner’s family. “I was just doing my duty,” he says.

The fourth box is constructed according to the mathematics of improbability. Inside you find a moose with flippers.

The fifth contains the French word for weather report. “I was on my way to gaze at that nuclear bomb,” you say.

The nonexistent sixth box holds the final picture. “It’s the natural world,” he says. “It’s the world,” you say.

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