Please Read Label

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ATTENTION: KEEP AWAY FROM SMALL CHILDREN, PETS

AND DELICATE SURFACES. AVOID EYE CONTACT.

No problem, I said silently

to the Nature’s Miracle perched

                                        on my desk

which like everything else beginning with I

was hermetically sealed inside

my condo guarded by coiffured palms

and moated by hibiscus spires

against the street.

I barricaded the opening with my claw

(which was meant to be used for mating

duels, but which has been spared

for this short life’s duration

that damaging ordeal.)

Image: “Coenobita clypeatus hiding in its shell, shown in two different angles.” By ZooFari – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15551319

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