magic show

we walk onto the stage

our eyes trace
the dollar bill
waved before us

deep into the trance
we sleepwalk

to hypnotic cues

no matter how absurd

but for a few
who suddenly wake
look around

find nothing
is as it seems
dumbfounded by reality

free now
floating unfettered

the riches and the power
they never knew was theirs

all the while
the magician at their heels
waving dollar bills

frantically trying to pull rabbits from a hat
but armed
just in case

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