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The Cloud

The Cloud

I was out for a walk when I heard from above, “Look who thinks he’s Mister Big Deal.”

I glanced up and saw a cloud glowering back.

I kept walking.

The cloud said, “Hey, don’t ignore me!”

I didn’t look up.

I heard a rumbling and then thunder as lightening struck the top of my head. Smoke was coming from where my hair used to be. I patted out the fire.

I looked up at the cloud. I said, “Hey! What’s wrong?”

The cloud did one of those things people do when their face trembles as they fight back tears. Suddenly rain came pouring from the cloud.

I said, “It’s okay. You’re gonna be okay.”

The rain came down harder.

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Warm

Warm

I got eaten by the frog. Its long tongue shot out and I was swallowed. Once inside I was comforted by the frog’s wet and warm stomach. I fell asleep.

I dreamt of sitting on Abraham Lincoln’s lap. He patted my head and told me things were going to be okay. I saw a tear coming from his right eye. Inside the tear I saw the glow of cities on fires.

I was woken from the dream by another person being deposited into the frog’s stomach. He was panicked and said, “Oh my God, what’s going to become of us.” I said, “Just wait.” He fell asleep.

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My job

My job

I dug a grave for 2019 and waited. At midnight, 2019 fell into the grave. I put the dirt I’d dug out on top of 2019.

In the gap in-between I had a spaghetti dinner.

Then I midwifed the birth of 2020. I said the usual, “Best of luck this year.” 2020 nodded and waddled on its way.

I went to bed. It was daylight. But I was tired and fell asleep quickly.

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In gratitude

In gratitude

I became a park bench overlooking the lake. I liked the feeling of people’s warm butts sitting on me. It brought me comfort during a difficult time.

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Gathering together

Gathering together

I went around the house gathering pieces of dust that used to be me. I took my time. Eventually I’d collected enough and went to my desk to work on the assembling. When I was done, there was a second me.

I put a shirt and a pair of pants on the duplicate. I stuck its pointer finger in the socket. The second me eye’s opened and blinked. It looked at me.

It nodded. I nodded.

I said, “What do you want to do?”

The second me said, “I’d like to get a pound of red Twizzlers and eat them while watching the Rolling Stones in concert on YouTube with you.”

I said, “Me too!”