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"If you aren't certain about things, if your mind is still open enough to question what you are seeing, you tend to look at the world with great care, and out of that watchfulness comes the possibility of seeing something that no one else has seen before. You have to be willing to admit that you don't have all the answers. If you think you do, you will never have anything important to say." - Paul Auster

Wednesday, September 28

All about the shovel hitting the bag.

He was driving down the off-ramp the other day, eating animal cookies that his daughter liked.  A beautiful day, he was looking out the windows at the sunshine and how the dry air made everything sharp after the humid summer.  He left the highway and went up the hill into the city.

 

Looking out the window, he saw a teenager, a boy, hitting something small with a shovel.  He was hitting something that was in a bag.   The ground around the bag was discolored in some way, maybe wet; it was hard to tell, he was driving and there were some shrubs between his car and the parking lot that the boy was in.  He was driving fast and the only thought he had time for before the boy disappeared from view was to ask himself if the bag was moving.  "Is the bag still moving," is a good approximation.   Or has it stopped.

 

He had nightmares about kittens in bags, shovels, and stillness for two nights.

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