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The Evil Eye
Mario, Age 12, Richmond, BC

I look away
when the teacher gives me the
Evil Eye.
I freeze
Solid black pupils
are locked on me.
She opens her mouth
ready
to take me in
like a black hole.
Faces turn
60 eye-balls
look this way.
They freeze
on the spot
and turn to ice-balls,
too cold to touch.
Frozen in time,
one teacher,
one class,
me
with the Evil Eye
piercing right through me
wishing,
wishing,
wishing
I were on some
other planet,
closer to the sun,
galaxies away
from the school,
this class,
this teacher
and the
Evil Eye!

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