"I'm gonna jump off the rail, and I'm gonna, like, fly over
the city and I'm gonna be like, 'What's up, Bill Gates?'"
the boy in the flat-brimmed baseball cap
says as he walks by. What does he mean?
I wonder what can be taken
from a statement
such as that, and what
can be taken from a single moment.
Take this one. What can be taken
from the scratch / of pencil on paper?
And so as we wonder,
we also wander
down the path
our imagination (with some help from our heart)
sets for us.
I am dying. Simple as that. Yep. I know you're probably all screaming at me to run. But no. I, of all things, am thinking about the time Shilo told me about the supervolcano. A bunch of false news stories, I thought then. Oh, completely. Can you sense my sarcasm? Just wondering. It's weird how imminent death makes you mental. Or is it just me? Am I just weird for thinking that the end of the world is something to FREAK OUT about? I guess so. But I don't care. It's settled, decided. I am going to die. Yessiree. I've already decided what my last words are going to be. "SHILO!!!!!!!!!" (Yes, all the exclamation points are necessary). So long! (Forever).
The sun rose over the ashes of the city, filtering slowly through the haze. Fires still smouldered. My shoes stamped out flames and I tried desperately to save what little I could. It was pointless, I knew. This close to the center we were so lucky to be alive...even though we wouldn't be for long. The two of us looked at each other, knowing. We could do what we could for as long as we could, but in the end, it would be pointless. He took my hands, I kissed him, and we both jumped.
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