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Crystal Valarie

August 17, 2017

Snow White


She lies in a glass box

on display for her beauty.

Not quite alive, not quite dead.

The stasis of limbo is held above

and all around

her. Decorative glass enclosure,

she can see the outside and

the world can see her, but

nothing gets in or out.

The apple has left her frozen

as a trophy,

a reminder that beauty

is to be controlled

and contained for anyone

wishing to steal a glance,

but is not for the one who possesses it.



A Map of My World


My body is a roadmap

of stretchmarks and scars,

of the sacrifices I’ve made,


travelers to point and stare,

then disappear in


This attraction was better

from afar.



From the Tree


A wrinkled apple falls from the tree.

Then another. And another.

I glance at the roots and see a healthy system;

The trunk is solid, too.

The branches reach outward toward the sky

with shiny green leaves, fertile and plentiful.

How, then, can the fruit be so rotten and worthless?






Crystal Lewis is a Vermont raised artist and writer who works for a large company in Burlington using SEO to improve website traffic. Find Crystal's visual art here: and more poetry and fiction can be found on:

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