Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Jana's World


Jana made the world she used her grandmother's favorite bowl.

Carson unlocked his office door he knew right away something was wrong.

Some of the mixture slopped onto the floor, Jana wiped it up with a rag.

Carson saw the mixing bowl he noticed right away that it was dirty.

She put the pan in the oven Jana saw the dishrag burning with an enduring flame.

Carson touched the bowl he heard a symphony of dissonance.  He saw it too.  And smelt it.

Jana emptied the trash she put the can out by the curb. 

Carson wiped his hands on his sweater he felt light-headed.

Jana heard the timer go off she was on the phone.

Carson started typing he seemed to be all thumbs.

Jana took the pan out the world was a little crispy around the edges. 

Carson looked out the window everything seemed to be getting dark.  Except at the horizon, where it was even darker.

Jana turned the world onto a board she set it out to cool.

Carson looked up from the computer he smelled a peculiar odor.  

Jana looked around she could not find the mixing bowl.  

Carson made to leave he wondered what was for supper.  And whether it had been burned.

Jana saw the time she ordered takeout.  

Carson got home his dinner was waiting, made just the way he liked it.  

After supper

Jana remembered the world.

A crow had snatched it from the window sill.

Carson was disappointed there was no dessert.

Publ. Daily Cabal 2008

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