The Viewer

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If you stood by a window
held it to your eye
and pressed the button,
a wheel of opaque slides
would revolve with a click;
which you could observe
through a magnifying lens
located on the back.

They gave it to you so that
you could hold something
magical – aquariums, safaris
entire living worlds – contained
within this plastic toy shaped
like a miniature television.
When it broke you were afraid
to tell them for years because
you thought it was God.

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