Thursday…November 12th…Map doesn’t show “Nowhere’s” just down the road a couple thousand miles…then left…..

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“Perfect” 2009

“It is not down in any map. True places never are.” Herman Melville

I looked for the placemates…the place cards…only to find the place..there at the table…not with my name on it…but some name I had to have for a few days….afterall…today was today…something similar to “Now”…

and there weren’t many choices…soup with rice…or rice with soup….so it seemed pretty simple…not like a complex box that required manuals and directions to open the device…only to find the note…the one on the folded yellow paper…with the thin blue lines…all it said was…”You wIn…won…will win”….

ah got it…this was the modern-day fortune teller…the carnival chicken in the glass enclosure…for a quarter….it will cluck…and dump out a colored egg….down the chute…with my truth….and only a quarter…

they hovered like gnats on the river in summer…waiting for the Japanese tourists to try out their new found English…and take them places they would never go by themselves…maybe they wanted the thrill of the adventure….or spend the day with an anorexic… Asian model…but in any case…we’d end up talking about it all later over a few drinks and that weird cocktail lounge laughter…when our voices got a little deeper…more sophisticated…more certain…of our answers….

cold or not…it wasn’t what mattered…what mattered was the noise that kept me awake these days….it was muffled…screams from somewhere in my night…where the nightbirds…won’t even perch…they’ll fly circles around that spot she said…”big circles”….circles…circles…circles….nothing rhymes with circles….

I knew her when….that’s all I could say……the rest of it sounded like noises…rather than words….she had a white feather pen…on the vanity…that she never used…..it looked good….felt good on my face….I always….wondered how many letters it wrote…how many stories it told…before the black ink dried…or was it just for “Company”….

covered with plastic…don’t sit there…don’t walk on that part of the carpet…what’s a matter with you…”it’s for company”…..maybe they were lost…still staring at the gold leaf on the paintings….wondering how he did that…or maybe they were never going to show up afterall… they were lost…or hadn’t found there place….

there….nestled close to the pink adobe house…on Star Avenue…the day before the frost came….out in the middle of nowhere…really….nowhere

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2 thoughts on “Thursday…November 12th…Map doesn’t show “Nowhere’s” just down the road a couple thousand miles…then left…..

  1. I love when you do this. And now that you’ve told me how, the fun factor’s even higher than yesterday. Beyond glad that you are here and choose to write these posts. Have a happy day 🙂 and maybe hot chocolate…

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  2. “they hovered like gnats on the river in summer…waiting for the Japanese tourists to try out their new found English…and take them places they would never go by themselves…”

    wonderful.

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