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I'll be right with you, just putting the last touch to this flower arrangement. I'm a florist, you see. These gerberas really stand out with their striking salmon colour, an inspiration which should charm the buyer. Let's put this arrangement in the window. Ready now.…

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First they Dust off the bottom of the sky But then the clock gets stuck At 3 seconds till uncertainty Then they Dye the sunset clouds To make them more Transparent So as not to confuse The human mind With the stuff of uncommon Nostalgia

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Lizard armed himself with a pocket calculator at a tender age. He knew instinctively the need for some advantage in life. And, he slept that night with the brushed metal face of his newfound advantage held dearly to his breast. Dreams danced the light fantastic over…

The Exit

by Christopher Bowen, posted 6 days ago 105105 views77 comments22 favs

“I need some help.”He circled the bed, motorized half-way upright, as the pressured air sank and rose, sank and rose, giving the patient oxygen. He was not awake, conscious maybe, but not awake.Jack pulled a wooden chair out from the small room desk and turned…

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The other night / I dreamt I was an astronaut


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Ignore for now the quotidian humiliations jacked-up recriminations specious allegations retorts & retaliations the batshit commentariat hurls

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dew melts in the heat of the next field for work/astride steel trailers jolting with bales of hay . . . .


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A myriadation of tintinnabulation


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We can apprehend beauty only/ by framing it with the photographic/ paper’s edge or the novel’s margins/ and bookends.

Arcana Magi Zero + Pure - c.9

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Emi watched the Perez sisters show each other support. It brought back memories of Mayumi giving her support, even fighting for her.

Twilight, Nov. 07, 05:50am

by Lola E., posted Feb 10, 2018 118118 views66 comments44 favs

Light spreads its way across the sky like a drop of inkon dry cotton sheets:starts at one point and expandsas wind shufflesover bodies, seashoist your sailsand I'll throw this oneoverthe night can have itnowhear the waveshow they seem satisfiedwith their…


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let it lie


by Katrina Dessavre, posted Feb 09, 2018 108108 views99 comments99 favs

The last one I tipped over the edge was just like all the others: fragile, pale, humming to himself as he sat on the ledge overlooking the gardens.

The Conversation

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Listening is loving. What is more erotic than these fathoms, skeins, words, roping tight the ardent ear.

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