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Argus ApocraphexOf the many tiny beads of sweat that had formed on his forehead, two fell down, further soaking his already dampened brow. Suspended, he floated upside-down in a padded room, dreaming without consciousness of his body or its position in space.
His mind reeled from slide to slideimages of adolescence pooling together and then streaming into an old time film: The Life and Times of Donald A. Silver. The yellowed silent movie showed a young man smiling and leaning against an old Chevrolet sedan. Cigarettes burnt the corner, and he was dancing with the woman he'd asked to marry him. But in the center of the shot, a blur grew from the inside of the lilies on her wrist. A quick rewind to remove the obstruction, but instead it continued to grow across the bare chest of a flexing boy at the public pool. And finally, it consumed the picture and gnawed it to the pit, leaving behind a carcass to rot in its old age.
The man awo
Gardening for Truth"There was no hateSynesthi
in the Garden of Eden"
scolds the man to the child.
I am hidden behind the curtain,
dress and tights and dress-shoes
standing bolt-upright because I'm
"There was no hate
in the Garden of Eden"
Preacher says again. "No hate
in a perfect world."
They walk away, and I follow,
standing straight upright because I'm
to have good posture,
wearing a dress because I'm
to be a lady.
And Preacher says "Young lady! Where are your
shoes, young lady?"
He doesn't know my name.
I don't care for his,
so I point to the curtain.
He sighs, and it breaks the dam,
a small voice trickles out of my lungs.
"I hate the shoes."
He draws himself up tall.
He is the booming of a
doomsday alarm clock, my trickle
spelt floods, defiant little girls
will never be ladies like they should.
"Do not use that word.
There was no hate
in the Garden of Eden."
The lady, his wife,
stands next to him. Their eyes are wide,
circles and h
Dial ToneRing ring…Synesthi
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