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You have become a person you promised yourself you'd never be. You drew yourself a cozy perimeter, nestled uncomfortably within the jagged, interlocking edges of those around you. You told yourself you must trust, so you did not build walls. Then you let those lines become blurred by the(more)
I could be anything.

I sit idle, a hot twist of molecules in a river of radiating light. Stars are born and die around me, civilizations crumble, and my heart beats. Profound loves spark into life, and my heart beats. Better people than I can ever hope to(more)
I watched the embers of my torch smolder out. I tunneled in on the fading light, and it became my whole world.  It seared itself into me, looming, and I let it. There was nothing else. I knew it was the last thing I'd ever see.
We watch the monitors. The man who stood in the room with us moments ago appears on the feed from a ship in near-earth orbit, emerging from a disc-shaped void full of churning, bright-white light.

The computer declares the teleportation a success. A cheer erupts around me. The(more)
Green paint peeling. Blue underneath. Then a graying, ancestral white lingers yet beneath that. Ice cream and bird-shit stained, begrimed with the hand-prints of sticky children beyond number.

Each coat a fresh start, but imbued with a stubborn tackiness, as if the time contained within each layer i(more)
Nothing exists that cannot be made to hurt.  We are excellent at engineering this hurt in ourselves and in others. We can flay a loved one's words and lay them bare, style the flesh of them into loathing, odium, disgust. And-- perhaps most impressive-- we can lie to ourselves in(more)
The man stepped down from his palanquin. Clean bare feet fell gracefully on soft, dark soil.  

There was no dirt under his fingernails. Obviously wealthy, but he looked keen. In truth, he'd lived in the capital his whole life. But his tutors raised him well. He knew tha(more)
This was the electoral version of a mass shooting.

You called us crybabies for challenging the nature of the election and its results. You claimed the opposition never whined like that eight years ago, when Obama was elected.

Of course there are mountains of evidence to contradi(more)
The goddess of sand is one of moving. She rakes the earth gently with her fingers over a thousand years and mountains become piles of dust. She winds storms around her fingers and sets them off like spinning tops across the desert floor.
No stars shone, but a varicose moon swelled beneath an opalescent layer of fog, lending a faint, throbbing light to the land around.

Dunes breached from the earth like sea-beasts in an ocean of black sand. Row upon row, like serpents, thick-muscled, slow-winding in the soft yet steady(more)
I pick him up and hold him in front of the fridge. A ragged winter moth has fumbled its way inside and plastered itself against the brushed aluminum. His nose twitches, short wifts of air jetting from the folds of his nostrils.
A young boy gazed down on the sun-stained, dust-strewn plaza of a dying city from the comfort of a lofty terrace.

Thousands of people were seated quietly far below him. From where he stood, leaning lazily on a carved stone balustrade, it was impossible to see them a(more)
At some point in all the greatest myths ever written, the hero must pull back the veil that pens in the world of matter  and look into the eyes of god. It's as if heroes must be disillusioned of the world before they can move forward. They must see it(more)
Here are the rules of the game:

It will be someone you know, but you won't know it when you first see them. You will have to unravel it over time. It sleeps inside them like a stone in the heart of the earth, vibrating endlessly, aching to(more)
My reason for fighting evaporated in the predawn air on the final moon-day of the full harvest, along with the mist.

Magnhild was too proud to be left back in the village with the other shield wives. And she proved the mettle of that pride time and tim(more)