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rockets


the roof heats up; all night long, we listened to the song of ice blocks freed from each other, gathering speed as they slide along the slots between tiles, sounding like large claws scraping across hollow scales, a hitch of breath as they launch over the gutter, an impact. sometimes, they shatter like a dropped pot on the brickwork; others, it's a dull thud into melted snow.

in the morning, the front step is littered with unmelted remnants; i listen for the ominous crack of another projectile being sloughed by the house before i step out from under the eaves. when i clear the threshold without getting pelted, i look back at the roof.

it's already dry.

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21 January 2018 17:59


stirring


there's this warm front pushing through; fat, disoriented squirrels rustle through the undergrowth, picking at bulbs that are already starting to sprout. the birds know that something seems strange, but the scream their usual early april drama into our open windows.

i, too, feel this dread. i feel the inevitable drag of days, the whistling of minutes, flat tires and torn buttons i don't have the energy to fix, nights that drag on because i've forgotten how to go to sleep, a set of emotions i know how to enact so i do that. i, too, cache supplies for myself in places i've lost track of, friends i do not remember, dreams that drifted too far.

but i'm still here. winter is half-through.

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12 January 2018 18:17


warning shot


ice releases with a crunch; my eyes turn upward, as if i can visually trace its trajectory through the ceiling. i can follow the slide with my ears, though, and pick the window facing its predicted exit into freefall. water trickles everywhere. it's barely mid-january; this melt is a tease. the warmth of the air feels ominous, not welcoming.

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10 January 2018 17:57


remnants


i'm down to the last few soft-leaded pencils gifted to me from my late great-uncle, who was the first blood relation that made me believe that i might be a valid human being. the lead has shattered within the core over twenty years of moving, packing, sharpening, angsting. i can feel the wood splinter with a careless turn in the sharpener, and i flinch.

i can still use it like this. i can still hold it tightly enough to keep the last bit of lead from slipping out. i can't even read all the words printed on the side of it anymore, other hand 'hwa', 'drawing', and '6b'.

i remember drawing animals in distress, broken hands, full moons, stretched faces, with this pencil. i remember my great-uncle looking over my shoulder and encouraging me to make more shapes, to look at volumes in the world and think about how falling light creates shadows to define them to our eyes, to adoringly fill my sketchbook with illustrations of my life, my spaces, my dreams.

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the rain continues to pour. i watch the radar because i cannot see the clouds from where i am, and i try to guess when the holes will reach me so i can go grocery shopping without getting drenched. whenever i put on my helmet during a break, the rain starts again before i reach the stairs.

welcome to autumn. welcome to days and weeks and months of rain. welcome to waiting for the day when it becomes too cold for the rain to reach the ground.

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18 September 2016 21:45


fog


at noon, the fog persisted.

i wrote a shortcut onto my computer to facilitate regular wordvomiting. sometimes, i stare at the screen, and ask myself why i am so afraid. when i cannot come up with an answer, i only feel more afraid.

it's cold. i feel cold.

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i do things to reduce the amount of overhead it takes for me to do things. i do things to lower the amount of activation energy i need. does this make me lazier over time, or does this leave me more room to be a better person?

i feel better today. a wall crumbles; sight clarifies.

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29 April 2016 22:01


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