Quondam

March 2015
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Butt-rocket roadkill

 

It’s just Kallan and Mark and I in the car; Maj is at home doing something that is not us; Mark is driving. Kallan leans forward to tap Mark on the shoulder. “Daddy?”

“Yeah?”

“Alright, first of all . . . I know that you must be awfully tired of hearing about your …Butt-rocket roadkill

    Level-6 hardship

     

    I have had enough of this child. I place the flat of my hand against the small of her back and shove her out the front door. “If you cannot speak politely, you are done living here.”

    Kallan half-struggles and half-laughs. “You are not allowed to just kick me out of the house. …Level-6 hardship

    Banging out the whims

     

    We’re having BLTs for dinner. I cut the tomatoes into perfect thin circles, broke the lettuce into perfect curves, toasted the bread according to everyone’s demanding specifications (Not too dark and not too light and still warm when we make our sandwiches but we all want to eat at the same time and …Banging out the whims

    Syllabic blood

     

     

    What others name shade instead a glass half empty the spilled theft of light

     

     

    No actual monkey

     

    Sometimes, she decides again, being married is a pain in the ass. She takes a deep breath as she repeats herself, aware that she is speaking a bit more slowly this time, as though the trouble isn’t that he’s disregarding her words but that he is having difficulty processing them. “The gas gauge …No actual monkey