i'm watching you slowly fall apart - Lily H

she walks like she has diamonds
in her veins, slicing through her arteries
with heartbreaking precision. she
has glass shards and frostbite stinging
the bottoms of her feet as she
dances through trick-mirrored halls.
when she was six years old
she told me that she had magic powers
and i didn’t believe her until now as
i watch her twirl again and again
on those eggshell toes, so close to shattering
and yet always managing
to make just one more turn.

- Lily H