A Sweet Little Nutcracker


If you crack my head open like a nut

and search inside

somewhere within all the gory goo

is a little oasis dedicated to ballet

if you listen carefully

you’ll hear the tinkling chimes of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

if you look closer

you’ll see a small child dressed in a pink tutu

thumping around

doing pirouettes and pliés

imaging that she is a Fantasia elephant


“It may be, after all,” said the Student Anselmus to himself, “that the superfine stomachic liqueur, which I took somewhat freely in Monsieur Conradi’s, might really be the cause of all these shocking phantasms, which tortured me so at Archivarius Lindhorst’s door.”
― E.T.A. Hoffmann

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