In the god business mainly because he’s always liked to mess with fire, even from the time he was little & not nearly so all-powerful.
this is a world filled with love & other things that have the sense not to waste time talking about everything under the sun & see how it glows with no help from us whatsoever
Giving a Damn
My grandfather used to say nobody gives a damn anymore & the thing I remember most about him is the way he never let that stop him from giving a damn all the days of his life.
Ghosts of the Past
I’d probably have more trouble with the ghosts of the past, she said, if my memory wasn’t shot to hell.
I’ve never worried about getting older, he said. I’ve been too busy worrying about getting caught.
escaping as quickly as they can from a getaway weekend gone bad
I like Geography best, he said, because your mountains and rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.
It came on her without thinking that she was the exact age as her mother was & no matter what, it would have been hard to leave & suddenly all the generations gathered around her in that small kitchen & held her close & they would have blocked the light if they had not come filled with their memories of love.
I used to be pretty clear on what was real & what I made up, but with everything going on in the world, none of that seems to matter, so I just decided to talk less & smile to myself more, so as not to add to the general confusion
This hair gathers electrons from the atmosphere & uses it to perpetuate new ideas about hair’s role in the history of civilization.
After she had that last big garage sale she floated off into the sky & I heard her say there was nothing keeping her here anymore & I was much more cautious about the stuff I got rid of after that.
The only thing that separates me from the animals is a lot of words, so when I’m not talking much, the gap closes really quick.
Future Things #1
Things to know about the future. #1: It doesn’t have to look any particular way, but around here, if it doesn’t, a lot of people will never speak to you again
I’m trying to pack for the future, he said, but I think it’s too much stuff.
So what are you going to do? I said.
& he shrugged & said he was going to trust that everything would work out.
& he added, I’m moving back in with my parents.
Anybody can make up past lives, she said. The real trick is to make up future lives & not forget you did it.
He told me about Jesus & Arizona & the best way to make beer & I said you’re a funny kind of preacher & he said it’s a funny kind of world & I still remember his eyes clear as a desert morning.
How’d it go at soccer? I said & he said we worked on fundamentals & I said like why you were even chasing around after a ball in the first place? & from the way he looked at me I figured out that was probably too fundamental.
I’m going to get as far away from you as possible, she said, & there’s nothing you can do to stop me.
So, I shrugged & turned & started to walk away.
That’s not fair, she said, you’re not even trying.
I think I’m having a heart attack, she said, but it’s dragging on for hours. I told her not to worry. That’s how most people who work a full day feel, I said.
Trying out his theory that if your hands & your head are warm the rest doesn’t matter but so far all he can think about is how much it’s going to hurt if his penis freezes off.