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One Hang Up

Woman in water

It was the first time I’d ever heard of someone smiling at a drowning.

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What We Build Upon the Ruins

Native Americans in Canoe

What happened to our sister would always be at the center of our lives. My family, the four of us now, would be planets forever revolving around that moment.

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Bear Says

Fortune Bear

This bear is the only thing that acts like I should do something other than commit suicide.

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Local Flavor

Woman at Bar

It’s one of those winter nights that makes you think about moving to Florida, telling the Midwest to go screw itself and holing up beside the Gulf for the rest of your life.

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Reverie of the Absurd

Window

But come to think of it, to hell with that beauty. Beauty that is masked in shrouded anger is nothing worth living with.

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Swimming School

Swimming Pool

As soon as we laid eyes on him, we could see the toilet stall he would become.

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Thaw

eeeep! by abulic_monkey on flickr

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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