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  • Steel wheels tap a groove on these rails.
    Through the inconsistency, I reach out and clasp the resolve,
    nodding my head to music and sleep.
    Rolling back, my eyes fix their gaze on vibrant theatrics,
    and suddenly I see through.
    The black framed world,
    edged and illuminated by lines of indigo, crimson, and beryl,
    is painted before me.
    I hold the world at bay and embrace these closed eye visuals.
    Following years of implicit geometric understanding,
    the illusion recedes to binary points of perspective.
    I see through the dark. I feel the dark.
    There, an endless matrix of adjacent chambers goes on and on and on,
    tapping a groove on my rails.

    The wires switched. Just let your mind take hold of what's inside.

    Then, a pause.
    I step outside for a sojourn.
    I play and explore, but don't yet examine.
    Within the bell of the guitar, lashed with web, imprisoned by strings,
    is a spider's body.

    The wires switched. Just let your mind take hold of what's inside.

    I gaze at it after Top Hat points it out.
    Wondering if I should continue to play.
    And so I do.
    And so it comes, my hypnotist's line.
    Top Hat watches my hands rattle out the gypsy repetition.
    I look again at the spider, stuck in place.

    Once again, stuck in here.
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