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on your birthday
buy six crabs
fill your sink
a small pool
boil water in large pot
add salt, seasoning
drop live crab into hot water
pretend not to notice
crabs forming a ring in the sink
claws of teeth latched onto each neighbor
bubbles losing shape at water’s surface

break the chain
grab another
drop live crab into hot pot
pretend not to notice
crabs forming a ring in the sink
continue,
until sink is empty

lay papered news skins over your table
break legs
pull tabs
use our earliest tools to break chain apart
on your birthday
discard shells