first came the 15 page letters They were typed in parts and written by hand in others the ink color would change and the font and the little doodles on the margins The only consistency in the whole project was the reader’s inability to understand 93% of it all They were threats, alright, but of what nature? Well, next came the envelopes filled with rusty and bloody razor blades pubic hairs bloody tissues bloody plastic gloves broken guitar strings clipped nails pictures of random people with their eyes crossed out by needle scratches “It’s not so bad if you think about it,” he said. “I get free stuff in the mail. Sure, most of it is junk, but every once in a while I get something good. Look, the other day I got this perfectly functioning pen. Heh, I might even start writing poetry again… I’m tellin’ you, man, breaking the heart of a psychotic girl is like making a contract with a dumpster diving company to deliver the junk to your mail. For free. Goddamn, I should really start writing poetry again. Now that I don’t have to go scout the dumpsters myself. I gotta do something with all the free time.”
other than weirded the fuck out she didn’t know how to feel about it so she read the words again SO GLAD TO SEE YOU ALIVE AND FINE, LOVE! ALWAYS KNEW MY DAUGHTER WILL MAKE IT BIG IN THIS SMALL WORLD. LOVE, DADDY The words were written with a black marker on a $100 bill that someone threw at her in the club while she was stripping on the pole Could’ve been a shitty prank but $100 was a bit too much to spend for laughs She tried to remember the faces of all the men who gathered around her and howled as she did her number but they were simply too many and too bland Later that night she asked the management to remove private lap dances from her list of services for a while and the request was denied Well, when you make it big in a small world you either carry the weight of fame on your shoulders or get crushed At least the money bought a good dinner for her little daughter and the two cats
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and the few survivors who couldn’t fight were lined up along with the civilians and shot or killed in ways to entertain the soldiers And dogs were trained to tear them to shreds and the ground became black with their soaked blood and over the next few days a carpet of butterflies gathered on top of it “It’s beautiful,” he said She didn’t pay attention. Was too busy removing golden teeth from a severed head she held in her lap. “Dammit, whoever made these implants did too good a job. I’ve to take ‘em with gums, alright. Look, my knife keeps slipping.” “Stab his eyes please,” he said “What? Why?” “Because he’s looking at us. I can’t stand it.” “Jeez, you’re such a pussy.” She quickly stabbed the blade into the head’s eyes one after the other. “Better?” “Whatever,” he said. “Just hurry up and pull those teeth.” “I’m trying…
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these days a lot of people call themselves empaths They claim to be able to feel what other people are feeling and suffer with them "I cheated on my boyfriend with his brother," some girl said, “and being the empath that I am I started crying along with him when he found out. It's hard being such an empath." And there was the guy who got into a bar brawl and knocked another guy's teeth out and held a hand to his own mouth and made pain noises I guess he was an empath too If you have a social media account and don't describe yourself as an empath people will think you're some kind of monster, a psychopath, they'll compare you with Hitler Yeah, it's a good reason not to use social media If you actually needed another
father wasn’t very happy when he came home in the night his little girl, playing video games and enjoying snacks and having an occasional sip from mother’s wine and cider on the couch in the living room at 01:27 AM, could tell Father was very sad even though he came home with money and a car full of stuff He shied away from mother’s kiss and hug “What the fuck’s with you?” mother asked, seeing him like that. “You got caught or somethin’?” Father looked down at his shoes. “I’d rather get caught...” “What?” said mother “I said… Ah, forget it. I can’t do this shit anymore. This is no way to live life!” He reached into all the pockets of his pants and coat and fished out money, very crumpled bills, and threw them to the floor. “Look at this. Look at it and think. In six days it’s Christmas! And the children from the foster home I’ve burglarized are all going to find out they’ve been on Santa’s naughty list. Holy shit, I feel like… shit right now…” “Huh? Is that it? Guilt? Really? You feel guilty now? What’s this, a sign of getting old?” “If not then it should be,” he said. “The two of us grew up in a foster home just like that one, didn’t we?” “Yeah,” she said, “and we hated every second of it. So what? We didn’t get presents for Christmas. We were lucky if we got more food and an extra hour of TV, dammit. Kids today are too privileged. Fuck ‘em an’ let’s count this cash.” She went on her knees and started collecting the crumpled bills. He stepped away from her. “I need a break from this.” “Bullshit,” she said. “What you need, darling, is to first of all stop being a pussy, you’re embarrassing yourself in front of your daughter, and second you need a strong drink and a good fuck. I can take care of the last two, but the first one is up to you alone, okay? Oh, by the way, did you also steal a new tablet? I broke another one today.” “And a phone charger for me,” said their daughter from the couch. “I didn’t break it. Just can’t find it anywhere.” He sighed and took off his shoes and went into the bathroom to take a shower, unable to get those poor children off his mind. He hated himself “Shit,” he said. From the living room his wife and daughter started blasting really loud music with over the top, obnoxious and dirty lyrics “This is my life now,” he whispered against the water that flowed down from the top of his head. I was better off in the foster home. Sometimes it’s better to be hurt by others and struggle to stay alive than to know the only way you can stay alive is by hurting others. It’s times like these that make me think about what that nun said to me in the foster home when I learned to write. You’ve a knack for it, she said. I see a great future for you as a writer. Believe in yourself and keep at it. Shit… if I kept at it… I’d probably write a story about a sad burglar now instead of living it…
drinking alone at night with the moon the world is finally beautiful he fills another glass and toasts with the window pane "Here's to normalizing being awake at night and sleeping during the day! Cheers!" the moon smiles back in agreement
‘You’re going to be the prettiest girl at the funeral,’ he wanted to tell her as he watched that dark outfit that resembled a maid for sorts but it wouldn’t be an appropriate thing to say when the funeral was for her father Not that she displayed a lot of grief either. She was more concerned with the goth maid outfit and how it would look on her “My daddy would love to see me in this,” she said And then her boyfriend said, “Who wouldn’t?” She eyed him from across the room and said, “My mom... Eh, but to hell with her. If I’d listened to her, I’d be a nun now. In fact, if I weren’t an adult able to make decisions for myself right now, I’m sure she would’ve arranged for me to go to some monastery or something like that, wherever nuns go. And she dares wonder why I reserved all my love for daddy and gave her nothing. Every time we’d get close she’d get in the way. If I didn’t know better I’d say she’s the entity behind his death, really. My daddy was a loving man, this I know for sure. He was all good and I... I miss him so much already. I just wish I could... Wait!” “What?” “I got an idea.” He didn’t like the tone with which she said that, nor the grin on her face as she reached into her bosom and pulled out her phone He had many questions for her but there was no time to ask. She moved in and grabbed his hand and dragged him along, out of the room and long the corridor all the way to the room where her father sat in the casket awaiting to be taken to the grave “Here, hold this,” she said as she handed him her phone Wordlessly she climbed onto the casket and stretched herself along her father’s body “C’mon,” she said, “take a few pictures.” Her boyfriend did. When you have too many questions assaulting you at once, you give voice to none, just play along The funeral that followed was a short one, with few mourners The loudest cry came from the wife of the departed after some unknown number sent the pictures to her phone
dead and unfazed
or seeing each other
and suddenly she shows up
knocks on his door and says,
“Hey, we’re still together, right?
Still a couple?”
He didn’t answer,
just ushered her in
through a curtain of smoke
and moldy smells.
His small apartment
looked more like a cave
than ever before.
The walls were dark and irregular
with buildup of grime.
The cockroaches were long dead,
poisoned with cigarette smoke
26 years her senior,
he was a modern caveman
Still lived in a cold, dark,
and gross cave,
but he had a laptop
and internet connection.
was the only thing
alive in the cave.
It showed a compilation
of short videos
featuring brutal executions
from all around the world.
“So how have you been?”
His reply was a grunt
as his gnarled hand
reached into his breast pocket
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the last time they saw him happy was when he told them about that weird dream he had in which wine poured from the tap in his kitchen and that was it he had nothing else in life to be happy about They didn’t need to ask his profession Somehow they all knew he was a poet
she never finished college but she was a pill expert and took pride in it "Here, this one'll make you rock against your will. You'd need some." "Not me," I said "You afraid?" "Yes." "Hahahahaaa, afraid o' some pills, boy? D' you know what being afraid of this stuff's called around here?" "I don't know what's called around here I'll call it wisdom where I'm at. No pills for me, thanks." "Wow, you're such a pussy, ain't ya? Oh, well that's too bad, I guess. Would've been fun to rock the bed tonight but I ain't lookin' for no pussy. I wanna give that." She gave it to one of my friends along with some sketchy looking pills and from that night on they were a couple of some sorts for a little over a month And when she took the right pills she talked in the wrong ways In her sleep to the walls to her cat to her left foot, but whispering so the right won't hear And when she was on pills she would have her new boyfriend hold her phone and not allow her to answer if her dad called Her dad didn't call too often but somehow managed to call when she was on pills He just wanted to check how college's going not knowing she'd quit or was expelled months ago "Ah, my daddy would so kill me if he found out. Like, yeah, he'd kill me as fuck! But that's all right. I'm all right. I know this dude who prints 'em, makes 'em look like the real thing. Just give 'im the ID an' cash and you're good. I'll be good." Well, I don't know I guess wisdom comes in many, many forms that friend of mine she hooked up with considered it wise to one day just tell her father the truth The phone rang for the fourth time and she was lying in bed naked with froth about her lips and eyes staring up into her skull probably looking for salvation or something He answered and introduced himself to her father and told him everything, even switched to video call to show the man his daughter He thought he'd save her life this way Sacrifice the relationship to save your partner's life I guess that's wise She went into rehab, I heard and, what do you know, a few years later she's married and pregnant I wonder how wise her husband is...