The Magician's Ethics
I've been searching for a new magic trick. To find some part of my body that demonstrates a will of its own.
So far I've been coaxing my hair to perform this amazing trick in which it will wriggle about all on its own.
Likewise, my nails, who I've been training, without success, to dance at the end of my fingers to the tune of whatever song I have in my mind.
Unsuccessful so far.
Every once in a while I hack hair and fingernails off to show them the consequences of their defiance.
I hear their tiny screams for mercy, and keep cutting.