Category Archives: Snippets

Staring at the End (Prose)

Mostly my frame of reference is at the edge of some yawning precipice, open throat of the Earth, and any spell of vertigo might send me tumbling off into the depths. There is a constant gravity in the off-kilter pull. … Continue reading

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Staring at the End

Mostly my frame of reference is at the edge of some yawning precipice, open throat of the Earth, and any spell of vertigo might send me tumbling off into the depths. A spinning tunnel, haunted house; constant feel of the … Continue reading

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Wasting Your Life

It’s not your life that you’re wasting. When someone tells you “you’re wasting your life” they’re wrong, or at least they’ve mislabeled something. There’s no essence to waste in your physical life; your biology is inconsequential on its own, an … Continue reading

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Boulders

  Tawmbout belief, gratitude, visualization. Buzzwords that I’ve typically spent a lot of time avoiding! Two days ago, while walking up to the Happies with Alex and Mae, I said in conversation how I’d like to focus on being a … Continue reading

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kaleidoscopes

the feelings that move in me like slow kaleidoscopes or the impressions of perfection that pierce my chest and make me melt like taffy, a bug tumbling in thick amber or a child who’s jumped into a pool shift all … Continue reading

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Do I Dare Dream Again?

Do I dare start to dream again? Is it time to put all these woes and all these trivialities behind me? Do I once again sweep away all of the presumed things of importance to open up that space, crepuscular … Continue reading

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Geometry of Dreams

The things that I’ve dreamt about before are no longer relevant, no longer show up in my dreams—all the myriad places and happenings and locations portrayed in shimmering detail, my brain building tiny simulations geographic and geometric in its quest … Continue reading

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Alienation of the Self

As I get older, I find myself regarding my body with disbelief and incredulity. It seems that every time I see myself in the mirror I get further and further away from the mental image of myself that I hold … Continue reading

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Sandcastles/Spinning my wheels

If only they could see that none of these things scratch the surface, that all of the things I’ve done and all of the stories that I tell about myself are just hollow excuses, and they don’t really mean anything … Continue reading

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Time is on my Side

Time is on my side. The buds of spring appear before my very eyes; the leaves spread open in the sun for me to watch. They say the moment rests upon a razor’s edge, the past behind, the future gone— … Continue reading

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The Immersion of Memory

It’s dumping down outside, mazes of pockmarked rainwater running everywhere on the ground. My life is made up of memories—this shirt I got from a different place, reminding me of this person—every piece of clothing on my body is linked … Continue reading

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Do I Not Have This Same Love Still Within?

Do I not have this same love still within? This sweet pain of the heart—fledgling bird that once I fought for, bled for, as it flew into the outer world— is dead, a tragedy, for its enduring memory and my … Continue reading

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Falling

Falling in love is like autumn. Small, perceptible changes begin to take place—veins of color slowly changing shade—and one at a time the leaves begin to fall. The feeling, the anticipation of the event comes first; in crisp individual moments … Continue reading

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The Stone Within My Self

When I hold you, like a looking glass I bring your ghost to life. I condense your spirit into something tangible; it sparkles in the sun in my eye. When I hold you close I make you real, and take … Continue reading

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Words from a Friend

Life that life man. Be your self man. Do those things man. Don’t be scared man. Climb those rocks man. Read those books man. Get that girl man. Write those words man. Do your best man. Try it all man. … Continue reading

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HARD MODE++

I’ve often dreamed of the “hard levels.” Unlocked after beating the game, they are so difficult that they are a lifelong endeavor to complete. Bordering on impossible, they provide a precise balance of frustration and reward, obstacle and progression, pushing ever onward at the … Continue reading

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Delirium

Life is absurd. The connections within are sometimes so deep and so abundant that they start to become meaningless. The patently absurd becomes profound—watching The Expendables in a taqueria at 10PM. A white boy laughing at an explosion on a screen, surrounded by people … Continue reading

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Recognition, Recollection

I work downtown in a relatively small area. I see hundreds of faces on any given day. I live in the same town I went to college in, and there are old faces everywhere: anyone I recognize could be someone … Continue reading

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My Love like the Sun

My love like the sun shines from within, chemical compounds reacting, rebounding; the warmth spreads outwards and touches all of those who choose to venture out of doors. To love like a taser, cables spitting snakelike outwards, electric pitons piercing two … Continue reading

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Fever Dream

Wake up from this fever dream, and set the caged bird free. I thought I had a dream to live— But it was someone else’s dream!

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Mountain Eyes

Let the boy go forth, and when he returns you will see the rolling plains and the green hills, the immensity of the mountains, the vast ocean reflected back in his hazel eyes and the wind in his tousled hair. … Continue reading

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Compassion

Sometimes I picture my compassion as a small bubble residing in the stomach, a moist expansive thing which is too cloistered most of the time. Sometimes my breath makes it bigger, filling up inside me like a hot air balloon. … Continue reading

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Balance

Balance has been occupying my thoughts recently, both the physical act of balancing and balance as a metaphor. Balance is stability, awareness, and controlled movement during chaos. We think “Oh, how I should love to live a balanced life.” Eat … Continue reading

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Imaginary Distance

Distance isn’t what it used to be. When I was in grade school, living in Alameda, we went on a field trip. It couldn’t have been more than a half-hour drive. One of the chaperones told us that in the … Continue reading

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Skeletons

Sometimes when I get too caught up with the weighty beauty of the physical world, becoming breathless, enamored, enraptured, I envision everyone around me as an animated skeleton. I strip away all their flesh and picture a gangly lattice of … Continue reading

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The Mantra

Every minute of every day I will make the choices which are right for me, and I will not fear the consequences, for I know they are a reflection of my truest self.

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Psychic Powers

I want, above all, to have psychic powers. As a matter of fact, I’m convinced that I do, or that I’m on the verge of having them. Think about it: mind control, reading people’s thoughts. Psychics, like Jean Grey from … Continue reading

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Balm

Sometimes it seems like the best things are just a balm, which soothes the ever-burning question: “What now?”

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Words I Like

God is a silently beaming benefactor.

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Consider:

The things that other people say about you when you’re not around is actually Very Important Knowledge and it would greatly benefit your life, if only you could think about it long & hard enough to figure it out.

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Lower Ocean

Our irate neighbor knocked on the door, and I answered. He was furious, coming to complain about the noise we made last night during a weekday party. The kids downstairs from us had slammed the door in his face. I … Continue reading

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the coziest universe

They make the universe look so comfortable in all the science shows; clouds of dust and gas rumple up like celestial drier sheets while awesome music plays in the background. They present a cosmos that you cannot help but want … Continue reading

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Everybody will do their best to convince you that they’re not a fucking idiot. But don’t worry. They are.

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The Conductor

I’d love to be a train conductor. All the years of training, working long hours at the station, and collecting ticket stubs would be worth it when, on the first night’s route, I would roll through my hometown and blow … Continue reading

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