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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

redorange sunflower

a girl plants a tree. she waters it and lets it grow. small birds nest in it, and insects crawl on it. the sun shines on it, and the branches widen. there are no fruits but flowers fall sometimes in large-ish numbers when the wind blows. the girl reads under it, sleeping in the light of the sun low in the sky when tired. three times she shelters beneath the branches in rainstorms, confident that the tree will not let itself get struck by lightning. she buries a box of old secrets like a time capsule in the soil of its roots.

the girl is soon a woman. she is standing a little way off, next to a car with a man who is surveying the land. "This tree is obstructing the path of the proposed road," he says, checking his map. "And it's not marked on this chart."

"I don't know it either," she says.


  • a person is standing on the roof, trying to fix her television antenna after a storm. she slips on the wet roof and falls over the edge but manages to catch the edge of the roof with a hand. hanging there with a weakening grip on the roof's gutter, she cries out in desperation: "can somebody help me?"

    a familiar voice from below says: "i'm here to help you."
    she asks: "can you help me get off this roof alive?"
    he asks: "do you trust me?"
    she says: "yes, i trust you."
    he says: "if you trust me, let go of the roof."
    she is silent for a while. "i trust you. but i cant do that."
    he asks: "what are you so afraid of? what are you really afraid of? letting go, or falling off?"
    she says: "look, i cant hold on to this roof any longer, can we talk about that later?"
    he says: "i can't help you until you make up your mind on what you're more afraid of - the letting go, or the falling."
    he walks away.
    eventually she'll fall off the roof, or let go of it, or something; its not certain which.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, October 04, 2006 6:36:00 PM  

  • no. because he was standing on the roof not below.

    By Blogger pure, at Thursday, October 05, 2006 8:45:00 AM  

  • no what? do you mean "no"?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, October 05, 2006 10:13:00 AM  

  • that was not clear enough.

    i meant to say,

    what do you mean by "no?"

    are you saying, no, i've got the story all wrong, he's on the roof, its not about falling off the roof its about climbing back on?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, October 05, 2006 11:02:00 AM  

  • yes

    By Blogger pure, at Friday, October 06, 2006 10:34:00 AM  

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