Shadow man



Step right up


He was a Chinese puzzle box

Even to himself

A complex sequence of

Misdirections and hidden pressure points

Those who tried to unriddle him

Turned him over and over

Fingers probing for hidden levers and switches

Desperate to reveal the secret that would

Open him up to their scrutinies but

Found too many sliding compartments

And an obscene number of

Twists and turns

False bottoms and ornate decoys

They always gave up in the end

Well before the final piece went click

Then she came

And like a nine-year-old with a rubik’s cube

She solved him in ten seconds

And claimed her dubious reward.









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