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Thaw

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I touched her hand to know what something once alive becomes.

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Woman Obscured by Tree

The singles were in my neighborhood, but what did they want from me?

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Heirloom

World War 2 Soldiers

The weight of unknowing that comes before destroying a life, a feeling like passing a new room’s threshold, head dizzy, eyes adjusting.

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Mom’s Desert

China desert

Mom said, “I just feel like…I just want to turn right, and the whole world is turning left.”

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What Coy Said

Blonde Girl

She said this in the bed of a boy named Jeff, who wasn’t really a boy.

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Sisters

Sisters

We live in the forest because the trees are gone. All of our shade comes from elsewhere, and it cannot stay.

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Sally in the World

For Sale Sign

Every night, she waited for Krishna as all milkmaids wait for spiritually blue-skinned men. She met him and waited and met him again.

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My Girlfriend from the Future

Girlfriend from the Future

Love is a choice, a commitment two people make to each other, and with this girl I was beginning to feel like that decision had already been made for me. What had Alternate Future Me been thinking?

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The Kaleidoscopic Story

Kaleidoscope

Perhaps the only way kaleidoscopes can forever renew themselves is by not asking you to look into them, but by asking you to look out from them. Why not?

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The Gods Watched

Gods

At first there was one god. As far as it knew, it was entirely alone in an endless expanse of nothingness.

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An Unwelcome Calm

Woman fishing in bikini

Her body required more than his: more heat, more alcohol, more specialized treatments, and always more attention.

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A Stroller in a Supermarket

Supermarket aisle

Bare backs, bare arms, strong scents. You haven’t touched another human being in a while. Sharing spaces imbued in aroma is intimacy.

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To Consider When Missing Your Sisters

sisters

Think about the time Elizabeth tried to kill you. How she threw one of your mother’s navy blue pumps at your forehead. She hoped the three-inch heel would go straight through your skull and lodge into your brain.

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Jack & Emily Texas Roadside Incident, Summer 2012

West Texas Roadside

It’s the adult thing to do, thought Jack, to help people if you can. Then, no, he thought. It’s the childish thing, the need to find out if the world’s promise of danger is real.

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Hibernation

Woman Hibernating

Louise decided that in the winter she would hibernate. She created a cave in her bedroom closet and filled it with modern necessities.

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