What little protection the bus kiosk offered against the icy wind was welcome. She looked up the street hopefully, praying for the sight of a lumbering bus coming her way. Rain, ice really, fell from the sky in tiny frozen droplets that coated everything with slick danger. Her cane wasn’t much help on the ice, but she had to make it from the shelter to the bus in one piece, Carrieanne’s life depended on it.
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He built a cocoon of pine boughs and crawled inside it in his sleeping bag. He brought a long bare branch to use to open up an escape hole when the snow finally stopped falling. He knew eventually help would come. He closed his eyes and dreamed about a steamy bowl of chile. Then he dreamed about aromatic hot coffee. The dream about noisy helicopter blades woke him up. He scrambled out of his shelter and waved his arms at the sky.
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It sounds like gravel rain above my head, like sprinkling a sack of candy under a broken piñata. Then follows the crunch of heavy boots and the spreading noise of sweeping. Grit and dust shower down from ancient things dislodged. This roof, it’s a filthy job.
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The little mermaid heard tales that she was supposed to be silent. She heard that the men at the top wanted to cut out her voice completely. She knew it might bring retaliation, but she intended to make her voice heard anyway. She and her fishy friends made plans to join together in a loud chorus on a special day. They would make a splashy noise that could not be ignored.
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The emperor knows he’s naked. He thinks he’s beautiful that way. The people looking at him have clothed him in power. He will use the power against them, but they don’t see it that way. I was blind but now I see hasn’t penetrated the minds of the people yet.
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I saw that woman from that movie! You know, the movie where she falls in love with this guy. I know you know who I mean. She’s the one who was in that other movie about the alien. I’ll think of her name in a minute. Anyway, I saw her at Whole Foods. She just looked like a regular person without any makeup. I mean, you could hardly tell it was her. But it was, I know it was.
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All I want is one good night. One morning when I wake up rested. One day when I don’t feel exhausted by everything I do. I could have that if you would come by my place and remove the 3 dogs who live here. Somewhere there is someone who would love 3 yippy dogs. Just not right here. Please.
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Sun streamed in the windows of the tiny Italian chapel. The seats of the benches glowed like gold. The plain wooden benches were placed in perfect alignment. They cast long shadows on the bare concrete floor. The shadows seemed to point fingers at the kneelers, beseeching worshipers to drop down in prayer immediately.
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A spate of good movies always come out around the holidays. Have you been out to the theater lately? I usually go to a matinee because it’s cheaper. One of my secret pleasures is to go to a movie alone. It’s like I’m hiding from the world all alone in that dark space. No one knows where I am for a couple of hours. It’s delicious to me.
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She was straight when she made the cake, but by the time it was cooled down and ready to frost she’d shared a couple of joints with Sal from next door. Adding the frosting felt rather creative and joyful as she did it. Later when she looked at it, it looked done by a kindergarten child and not creative at all.
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