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I, Universe, regret much—
the demise of the dodo,
the demotion of Pluto,
your inability to grasp
wave-particle duality.

I, Universe, admit
mosquitos were a mistake,
black holes lack circumspection,
that the incompleteness theorem
is rather discouraging.

I, Universe, acknowledge
your complaints and lamentations,
and offer in my defense
the mitigating fact
that I gave you cat.

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. Her latest book is The Sign of the Dragon, an epic fantasy told in poems, winner of the Elgin Award. She hides her online presence with a cryptically named website ( and an equally cryptic Twitter account (@MarySoonLee).
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4 Dec 2023

“Ask me something only I would know.” You say this to your wife because you know you’re human. You can feel it in the familiar ache in your back, and the fear writhing in your guts. You feel it in the cold seeping into your bare feet from the kitchen floor. You know you’re real because you remember.
now, there is the shape...humanoid, but not / necessarily human
He came from a salt mine that used to be solid all the way through
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