Friday, November 24, 2017

Adam From Myspace

It was the fall of 2007, I was starting my freshman year at Columbia College commuting from the south side to downtown because my parents didn't believe it a intelligent decision for me to live autonomously on campus. (They were right. I shouldn't have been trusted with adult scissors let alone autonomy in city.)Shedding the catholic school boy uniform for uber tight band shirts, colorful NIkes, beanies and girl pants. I was smoking at least 5 bowls of shitty south side weed a day that made my world a kaleidoscope of vibrant splashes of magic. I was reading On The Road and watching Fear and Loathing religiously. I was listening to The Shins and The National, and discovering that I did have the emotional range and mature ear for Radiohead and Morrisey. I was finding myself in art and THC, with my hair growing wildly and my first tattoo (A still peeling, only half done because the pain was getting too much, piece of Cactuar from Final Fantasy that almost always gets mistaken for Gumby.)  exposed when I found it weather appropriate, I was growing up.

But I was still on the south side, without a car and before the era of uber, so while nightly  behind a computer screen I was creating this person who'd dazzle at parties, I'd have to first be invited to some, and living off campus made that a truly a challenge. So my nights weren't full of drinking and parties and hook ups, they were instead packed bowls in my basements watching David Letterman and Craig Ferguson, hoping my dad didn't smell the weed and hoping my grandmother, who definitely could smell, wouldn't tell.  

And while this life was lonesome ;creating elaborate hypothetical adventure about girls in my classes who'd for sure like me if only I lived in a dorm sharing a room with a dude from Nebraska named Dan, to later firming being reminded that these girls did not know my name and that I'd spent exorbitant amounts of time crafting these fantasies that had very low percentages of ever being reality. There was a silver lining;I found an online  community for weird black kids. The scene was scarce back then, and there was a lot of black kids who existed in these oppressive, lonesome places. Being weird is a silent, weightless mark that can only be seen by others, like a phantom throwing up bunny ears behind your head. So the jocks, and the cheerleaders and the their adult counter parts can notice and snicker out and gang up on to make you feel like your every move, including the benign as sneeze, is somehow so bizzare it classifies us as non-human.

We met on Myspace, and there were threads upon threads of conversations, these unions being made, secrets being divulge, we became a family. There was Allen from Atlanta who was straight edged and led a rap group, there was Ashley who was Otaku before it had a name, Darrin skateboarded in California and Annesah was is golden hearted girlfriend. Natasha from Ohio who wanted nothing more than to be anywhere else in the world. Brendan made synth beats, Parris was model who photoshopped her skin several shades lighter, and Tayla was a military brat and lived in Japan but didn't speak Japanese.

Then there was me, Adam The Dream Seller was my Myspace name, and my persona was rebellious but intelligent, like a nerdy, stoner, poet in a biker gang. Which even has a hetero-sexual man, describing myself I can't help but blush and feel the need to make coy eye contact with my reflection. Plus over the internet existing only in pictures and text and know one can guess my modest height or my shifty eyes.

Needless to say the internet persona was a fucking hit. I was brash and brave and my music was cool and all those nights I spend absorbing the internet turned out well because I got  to galvanize opinions and thoughts, I got to be myself with these people, and while we were never directly across from each other, which maybe made the act of being authentic easier, I felt connected in inexplicable ways. And even though I portray myself has a gentleman about town, I rarely ever was out past 9, since the trains tended to get a bit dangerous on the south side when the sun retreated, and I was almost always high thinking about how life could be if only I lived a few miles north.

Growing up in lonesome spaces you crave a lot of things that come easier to others. Sex being a crucial one, so in these internet groups there were many romantic passes made (Ie 'If only you lived here, we'd have so much fun' or 'If I saved money and took a greyhound could I stay with you, I promise I'll take the couch..?') And my persona, or maybe the vulnerability that I'm sure lit up like a solar flare behind the Shoji thin walls of my ego, attracted feminine attention that led to two of the most formidable sexual realizations of my life.

The first was with a girl named *******. She was brown skinned with these big teeth that looked like chiclets. Her hair was pressed and she wore glasses. She had an aesthetic like a medical intern who was always frazzled. Like she frequently dropped papers in hallways.Either was she was a cutie and she'd AIM message me everyday after school. We were both 18 but I'd talk to her like I was some weathered sage. And maybe to her I was, she lived in some forest in Ithaca New York, she gave me her address and I'd google mapped it, zoomed in the find a pretty large house, with a paved driveway surrounded  by trees.

We'd skype and she'd walk me though her house when her family wasn't there. Showing me the kitchen, and pictures on the fridge, her dog, some little, yappy toy breed, her finished, wood gloss back deck overlooking a fence-less acre of land. Then she'd take me to her room and play the clarienet. It felt riduclesly private, her blue walls, her small bed, her posters her clothes on the floor.

I remember sleep overs at my female cousin's house, I remember how the air was also scented like something sweet, like baked goods or tangy fruit. It was a mess but not a masucline mess, the clothes and the uncapped bottles of perfume and glosses and exfoliants seemed to reflect some inner intent, some admirable chaos,like she couldn't be bothered with places the cap on, as if she had things to do, immediately.  ******'s room felt like that too, and through this computer screen, i felt like a flying eye surveying ancient ruins of something fabled. I felt lucky. And maybe it gave ******* some sense of control as well, she could have a boy in her room but it was her who were in charge of the movement, of what he saw, and if at anytime she felt tired, she only had to end the call or close the screen, and she could be alone again.

She sit me down on her desk, position my line of sight just right, and before she'd begin the real reason why she'd called, she's always play the clarinet first. She'd clunk through a song, hitting sour notes. Shoeing her small dog away with light kick-like nudges of her feet, never stopping the tune. Then she'd take her pants off and begin masturbating, kicking the dog away but this time with more intent. She'd masturabate for around 15 minutes. And I'd watch silently, turning the volume down on my computer and sometimes checking to make sure my own parents were firmly ensconced  in a TV show or a debate or a nap. Sometimes she'd get completly naked and use the handle of comb. She always covered her mouth when she came, as if the sound was the embarrassing part. She'd always turn the video off imediatly afterwards, but not before some half-hearted sign off (Ok, gonna shower ttyl *kissy face.*) This girl from Ithaca New York did replayed this routine for 7 months, I'd often wonder many things; How many other people was this a ritual for? I couldnt be the only/first one she'd play the clarinet then masturbate for? But mostly I'd wonder if anyone in her town knew that sweet, quite, dorky Justine skyped stangers from Chicago. I wondered if I'd lived in Ithaca would I have known, or is the distance what made this possible. Sometimes its only the distance that makes things possible.

There was a girl named ****** from Florida who did something similar, but she would never have the pretense of a home tour and a private clairenit recital, she'd just skype me already in the act. We are still facebook friends and she's now into body building and engaged, I saw she was in Chicago recently, I invited her to a diner but no response.

Then there was *****, who to this day I'm not sure is even real. She had the face of God and the body of fucking 80s video girl, the kind that would dance on the hood of a red Camaro. She was Myspace famous back when it meant something, and she seemed smitten with me. We'd talk on the phone and I also felt like someone was fooling me. She sounded permanently sick, or maybe she was covering up her accent, witch was Jersey as fuck. She was vulnerable with me, again something I think the distance allowed. She read my writing an claimed she'd fell in love with me though my words. She was the the first person who made me feel that words were my ticket to something complete and ultimate. 
Part of me always writes to someday get to her, if there even was a her. 

In mountain towns and Floridian suburbs there are people, who essentially feel like me out of place, bizzare and hornier than Rhinos (Rhino horns are worth more than gold on the black market. Rhino Horn is considered an aphrodisiac and the Vietnamese beileve the horn can cure cancer. Rhino also fuck for on average an hour which isnt incredibly long but given a rhino weighs anywhere from 1800-5,100 pounds and the only position they use this doggy, that a pretty thorough thrust.

I never know how to end these things.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I'm turning 28

Picture me in a hat, one of those pointy number that resemble horns. Picture me with in a horn-y birthday hat with one of those birthday kazoo things with the frill, with the paper tongue that unfurl when you blow into it.

Picture me with all that festive accouterments, alone in my room, on the verge of 28, drinking a fairly warm PBR as I listen to maybe the saddest song I've ever heard. (Its Grey Matter by Marti, I don't know what the fuck a Marti is but soundcloud figured I needed to hear it. I was listening to this Rhea Carter's new song at first, Rhea Carter used to have a crush on me in college. Drake and I could have been eskimo brothers. Two ships in the night.)

My birthday is in 3 hours. I'll be 28, what a thoroughly unsexy age. Just when I was getting used to saying 27, can I fake my age? Like an actor does? Not that it would matter.

What have I really done with this life? Where am I? My friends, my family, we are all marching head first to the bone yard. What have I done with these 28 years, besides make enemies and dole out complexes?

I clipped my toes nails. I beat Dom in Marvel Vs Capcom. I used to have a garden, but all the tomatoes got stolen. I'd water it, I take joy in watering plants. I take joy in looking at green I've grown. Maybe I was Radagast in a past life. Maybe I'll be Radagast in the future.

I'm turning 28 alone in my room with sad soundcloud artists and warm PBR.

I have work tomorrow. I won't be a new man, I'll just be a little more annoyed. I'm turning 28 and I've never wanted to stop the clock so bad.

I have so many things I've yet to do.

Off to the bone yard.
The bone yard sounds like a strip club for skeletons.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

My Book is finally out

After Ten Years of posting on this blog, after thousands of words that made up the torpid, lucid stories of modern madness, I've wrote a book. If you like this blog, you'll my book.

Be sure to pick it up

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Something that was going to go in my book but was edited out but might go back in.

(Btw Sorry for the wait on the book. But It wasn't ready for that March release and judging by the way I'm cutting and adding stuff it probably won't be ready in April either. But when it comes out, signed copies for all for making)

1. Apologized for that comment about tattooed woman. I should have told you that while i like tattooed women, that you are great with no tattoos,That your natural, un-inked, skin is like a painting, and carries with it something hidden and classic and sexy, and that tattooed girls are like motorcycles and cocaine, risky luxuries that ultimately aren't for me.

2. Went on a cruise with. The thought of us together in a small cabin somewhere sailing over the Atlantic (or Pacific, your choice.) is so romantic I can hardly stand it without throwing myself in to a dank despair at the idea it won't ever happen. I'm the opposite of clastrobic, claustromaniac I'm told it is. i enjoy tiny spaces and being held up in them and i enjoy your bare legs against mine and to spend a week with you on a ship seems like magic, seems kind of like heaven. We could of got ripped-out-the-frame drunk and smoked cigarettes like we'd never need lungs and the next morning we could zombie about the deck and smell salt in the air and you could tan and i could people watch and maybe we could go swim with manta rays. I like the way they have wing-like fins, they seem like a creature God made after talking to Salvidor Dali

3. Taken a tour of a museum and have someone explain to us why paintings are good. Then we could of have gotten into an argument on the walk to the train station about whether the tour guide was right. And on the train we'd mildly resent each other, because both of us are smart and neither of us was wrong but then back at the apartment we'd fuck each other selflessly and eat and watch Mad Men and we wouldn't argue because we both know mad men is good is we don't need anyone to explain why.

4. I wish we could have collected loose change for a year, split the money evenly and bought the other one surprise gift.

5. I wish i would have fucked you harder during that thunder storm that last the whole day. The thunder boomed so loud it triggered car alarms. You told me you feel bad for animals during storms like that, I agreed thinking it childish but you were sincere. The lighting cut through walls it seemed, like divine x-rays or some being not bound by our 3-dimensional restrictions. I think about how, with the windows cracked, the temperature in my room was perfect. I think about that rain breeze and I think about your legs on mine and i feel alive the way Neruda most have when he wrote Always.

6.Fucked in more parking lots. We were 8 months in and yes sometimes lethargy leads us to prosaic nights indoors but other times adventure and whiskey led us to sex in public and conversations so voracious and spirited they were nearly as good as fucking.
(Ok no more about fucking, i know you have a man now)
(Also no more involving booze)

7. I should have told you about 2010 and how it was almost all over for me, and how i still get the shakes. 

8. I should have tried to understand your shakes better. But to be fair you didn't make it easy, but nothing worth the long haul is easy.

9. Carried you to bed more often when you feel asleep on the couch or in the basement after you drank too much. It made me feel like a man, you made me feel capable of providing and protecting and i don't always feel that way because i'm constantly in danger and in desire. The Buddha says to end desire is to end suffering but sometimes i think the Buddha talks outta his ass.

10. I should of let you know that i was bullied and beat up and rejected. I think i put up a front that made you sympathize less when i acted like a baby. Although i think i acted like a baby too much. Too bad they don't make adult pacifiers.

11. I should of played in your hair more. I should have cherished your hair like it was fucking Egyptian silk or French wine or Colombian blow. I should have washed it for you and brushed it and wrote 2 poems a day to it. I should have let your hair motivate me to get a promotion and knock you up so our kids could have inherited your hair. And when our daughter brought over a suitor I'd chase them away claiming they only want you for your hair.

12. We should have got matching gym shoes like annoying instagram couples cause even though that annoys the piss outta me it also makes me a little jealous and i think the jealousy of strangers  is a silent fuel for relationships. I almost deleted that one but i know you get it.

13. ....

14. We should have laughed more in general. Your snaggle teeth and puesdo-asshole sounding cackle "gave me life." Thats what all you dramatic girls are saying now right? Gave me life. As if your mother and God and atoms did nothing.

15. I guess we're all something different behind closed doors with our pants off.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Willis was interested

'Florida feels like an ancient place or a video game level. The heat lays on top of you like glaze on a honey bun. Fields of cattails swaying autonomously much like cats. Salt water makes the atmosphere feel like its been washed thought some sort of autoclave. Overalls are worn un-ironically I want nothing more than to smoke a cigarette, drink a beer and listening to her play music, what a peaceful apocalypse, what a romantic reckoning.' Willis wrote pretentiously in his green note book. 

He sat there, full of artistic revelry at his words. He brought the Balmain pen to his lips and stared out the windows of the bus trying his best to seem brooding and pensive to anyone looking. He secretly hoped they'd the Balmain pen he received in a gift basket at a wedding. He loved the Balmain pen, he claimed it wrote better, and it made his thought translate better on paper. He was a lousy writer and a pretentious twat and but he didn't deserve what was coming to him this evening. 

But folks rarely get what they deserve in this world. 

When Willis got to Louise's house he notice the scene a little bare to the sight of a wake. Only one car sat outside the house, and one in the driver way adjacent to the home. It was a small blue two level, with a massive wooden with a few chairs and a low wooden card table on it. The porch was raised and underneath, blocked of by criss-crossing wooden  planks was a deep, and eerie area of thick plants that seemed to move in random spot. On the porch to women dressed in black stood facing the home, talking to someone inside. As Willis approached he saw Louise peek over one of the ladies shoulders, and with a look of surprised, she nearly screamed; "Willis!"

"There she is!" Willis said, putting his bag down, outstretching his arms. He noticed for the first time in a year, the deep cuts that made Louise face, her skin pale, and lightly moist from the sweat of a long hot day, she walked around the two morning women and hurried down the steps to embrace Willis.

"I've missed you." She breathed out. Her air smelled like jasmine and sweat and Willis dug it. Willis looked briefly at the porch to see the women putting on sun glasses and nodding to one other. He then noticed the strange wood underneath the house begin to jump and spaz with a little more frequency. Must be the wind he thought, must be crickets.

Willis buried his self in Louise auburn hair and breathed a deep relaxed breath. Louise introduced the two women has aunts, and then they were off. Louise explained that everyone left the repass early, her grandmother was beloved and the day had taken a toll on Louise so she kicked them out early. Willis asked if he'd be a burden to the healing, she shook her head and grabbed his face and said; 'You're just who i need." 

They got him settled in a guest room, both of them feeling the certain pull in the air that he would not be sleeping there, and they went off with a six pack to the backyard to catch

“Are left overs fine with you? I got a whole mess in the fridge.”

“They’ll be fine. Aslong as we don’t have to eat today's kills.”
“Nah, these things so small even a little bity 22 rips em up to bad to eat.”
“Grisly las you are.”

Florida feels like parade through an ancient world Willis thought, watching Louise, in the black skirt, her hair tied in bun, a hunting rifle in hoisted up, aiming down the sight toward the garden her grandmother started when she herself was a little girl. Now that she is gone, and so is Louise's mother, her father, the perennial non-factor never even showed up to the wake as. 

“Hear that?” Louise turned her head a tick in Willis's direction.
“You don’t have the ears for it yet, that’s alright, you’ll learn.”
She shoots Willis a sly smile and shifts her head back toward the tall green stalks and the vines, limbs and branches that tangled around her other like a tuft of steel wool. She had it all in her garden, peonies, hibiscus, tulips all lined with cattywompus, she was a surgeon with seed planting.
“Why are you so quite back there anyway?” She says, standing, hips cocked.
“Admiring the work of your green thumb.”
“Oh really, here I was thinking you were staring at my ass this whole time.”
It was a sight from any angle, but from the back she looked like distant waves, calm and longing to be painted Willis thought, wishing he could run inside and use his bailman pen to document the thought.
“Not this time.” He says, settling to say something vaguely, like he always does. Did.

Louise and Willis have never had sex. While Willis thought of Louise as truly beautiful,more than once having stared at her with lascivious thoughts, he never made a pass. And despite his flaws, numbered and vast as they are, Louise found Willis to have a certain kind of charm and way that made him very interesting. But passive interest is hardly cause for Louise's 'friendship' with Willis. Why she'd picked him for all this, was really a mystery even to Louise herself, serendipity maybe. Or maybe it was just happenstance and opportunity that gave way to their reunion. 

I guess you'd have to ask her. 

They'd met on a college tour of South America, Willis possessed no real interest in travel and went only as an attempt to pounce on girls drunk with the excitement of being a stranger in a strange land. He essentially spent 5,000 (of his parents money) to get laid. Louise was an architecture major, seeing great artistry in buildings and sculptures, and her family were some kind of southern new money, so they frequently paid her way on such adventures. They met through mutual friends and started what seemed a legitimate companionship. They drank and rode bikes in Ciudad de Asunción. Went boating in the Rio Negro. It was in The Chaco the Willis watched Louise throw a blade and kill a rather large Agouti.

The knife was a scrimshawed with a outline of Florida with a skull and crossbones inside as if it were a star to mark Tallahasse. That was the first time I was introduced to her affinity for killing rodents, she spoke then of her grandmother's prized garden (that was featured in the Lafetye County newspaper 12 times in ten years.) and how it was under constant threat of rodents. How her grandmother taught her how to hold a rifle, how to squeeze, not pull the trigger, how to aim the sight a centimeter under and to the left of every small target, and most importantly how to kill with a single bullet, never injure, you wouldn’t want one of God’s creatures to suffer the pain of walking around with a blood spurting, smoldering bullet hole in them, to end life, quickly and sufficiently with well place, always fatal shots.

After the trip ended they vowed to stay in touch. And a few weeks later an email came into Willis's inbox and he felt a surge of glee like the type a dog feels when the dog bell rings. “Louise Rossana LaPomeret” was the sender. The email was long and full of tangents and she ended it with ‘xoxo’ that Willis admittedly thought too much about.

Willis wrote back trying to seem debonair and scholarly, after all he had made such a big to-do about literature and art while they were on tour that he couldn’t send her hap-hazard words. So he crafted his messages with the diligence of an origami master, and she did so in kind. And they talked like this frequently ,becoming embedded in each other's day. They enjoyed their puesdo-intellectual talks, and they enjoyed knowing that after a hard day at work, they'd have a few pages in their inbox waiting for them. 

Sometime after Willis received an email from Louise saying that her long sick Grandmother had passed away.  Willis sent his condolences and Louise, much to his surprise, sent him an invitation to the funeral and a few days in Florida. Willis jumped at the opportunity, asking for a loan from his brother and purchasing a plane ticket that same day. He'd land at Gainesville airport and take a, train followed by a shuttle followed by a cab to Mayo. He'd be late to the funeral, but just in time for the repast that was held at a house that the dearly departed left in a will to Louise.

"Why does you garden attract so many lizards anyway?"

“it’s the strawberries.” Louise spoke in an errie rehearsed tone Willis only faintly thought eerie.

“Stawberries huh.” Willis spoke. He then got up and made his way off the porch but before his loafer could hit the grass Louise whipped around, and with a grin that could make the sun blush said “Shoes off.”

“Shoes off?” Willis said, noticing Louise bare feet, they were good feet, plump and pale and with a small blue and black bracelet ornamenting her left ankle. If I was one of those foot fetisherz-ers, Willis thought, he’d be in a real moral bind looking at the grass shoot between her toes, the perfect contrast.

“Yeah, shoes off. Grandma’s rule. Walkin’ around here with your shoes on and you’re liable to step on a snake. And looks like you’ve put on some pounds since Spain. You step on a snake and its curtains for the poor critter.”

Willis laughs a laugh somewhere between a man laughing at a precocious kid and a man laughing at an article in the paper to get someone’s attention. 
“You realize the irony of saying that with a rifle in your hand and two dead... what were those called again?
“Skinkers. And there's no irony I need to get.” Louise said matter of fact-ly. She was now completely facing Willis who was sitting on the porch steps undoing his shoes, to realize his dress socks that Louise would have surely admired if not for the fact she was entering a monologue.

“Snakes don’t do nothing to this garden cept keep it safe, keep it protected. Like they done for centuries, mellinias. Grandma respected the snakes, she had a theory that, you know how we all was allegedly amphibious hordes that sprung from the water up on dry land? Gran used to say that when all the other amphibians was trudging out the water on their weak legs, trying to to figure out how to run and climb and dig, snakes didn’t feel the need to grow legs. They knew it would only get in the way of learning other things, like hunting. She used to say snakes were the missing link between us and the million years life spent underwater. They were the only thing connecting us back to what we used to be.”

“She sounds like an interesting woman. I would have loved to meet her.” Willis says in somber tone. His shoes off sat neatly on the porch steps. He steps onto the sun baked grass and feels hippyish and holistic and in some way new. Even though he still had his socks on, even though his skin wasn’t touching this old earth.

“She was.” Louise nods. Something dances behind her eyes, she looks down toward the grass, leaning a sliver of her weight on her rifle that is barrel down, in front of her. Whatever thoughts she had rest their works when Willis walks past her toward the garden.

“So strawberries?” Willis says, his eyes squinting whilst they scan the garden for them.

“Yeah, lizards love strawberries.” 

“Guess it’s a good chaser for spiders.”

“What else do you grow here that’s edible.”

“Well Gran was partial to all sorts of veggies.”


“Yeah over there peppers. Got some radhies in the back by the fence. Oh and cabbage. Damn granny loved cabbage.”

They move around the yard in silence for a little while, each inspecting things, like they were in a museum waiting to be yanked to tears by a painting, waiting to be flooded with meaning after seeing a clay sculptures of two men wrestling. 

After a moment, the silence is broken with a;

“I guess the dandelion are edible as well.” Louise slyly said, looking out the corner of eyes with a vulpine smirk.

“Fuck you I’m not eating a dandelion. I’m from the city but if you think one of your country girl tricks is going to get me to put anything from this garden in my mouth without first being steam washed you’re high as I want to be.”

Louse gave a laugh that sounded like she had a punctured lung.

“Dandelion wine you fool.”

Willis was interested.. 

“A lot of people, gardeners, well and people in general hate dandelions. And I get it, invasive species, common dredged, not incredibly visually appealing. Kinda like you.” Louise spits, Willis snickers.

“But in Finland they call dandelion the butter flower. For its buttery taste.” 

The dandelion has many foreign names, in Sweden its called the Worm Rose, in Italian its call -piss-a-beds, because of its Diuretic properties. But neither of them know this, nor does it matter because they are both in positive spirits, Louise more so than Willis, and in the house she shows him the fridge with 2 plain, unmarked bottles. Willis can see the faint white paper still gripping to the adhesive on the bottles. Inside the bottles is a honey yellow warm looking liquid with miniature flecks of something floating around. 

Willis asks; “Did you grandmother make bottle these?”

Louise nods absently.

“These must be her last two bottles she ever made.”

“Yeah, I guess so.” Louise grabs them, exams them for a tick. Then says, in her voice, that’s humbly steeped in accent but elevated by wise female charisma; “She want us both to have one.

And so they drank the wine out of the bottles and listened to records and talked like used to, in Spain, half flirty, half like old war buddies. Eventually the day turned into a hurried night with the sounds of cicadas and crickets formed the natural orchestra.This was intimacy, and not the sexual intimacy that can muddle the self and feels transparent. They drank until Willis head spun, Louise noticed his face reddening and speech becoming slurred and walked him to the guest room, setting him down on the bed, removing his shoes, and stroking his forehead.

"Hey come on, do I have to sleep in here all by myself, I can't lay with you in your bed for awhile."

"Hmm not tonight lover." She sighed sadly.

"Alright, hey,' he said grabbing her hand, and kissing it. "I'm sorry about your grandmother, but I'm happy she brought us back in the same room."

Another sad sigh, but this time with a smile. 

"Me too Willis."

As Willis slept, he felt a deep discomfort. Surely it was because he'd missed a chance to sleep with Louise, but he'd get another, he didn't return to New York for another 3 days, they still had time.

Louise was knelling down in the back yard, tapping the ground with two finger. The car from earlier in the pulled up to the house. Willis hears the car door shut. Louise is rolling rolling around the lawn making noises that are only vaguely human. The front door opens. Willis hears the screen door close, he moves to get off of the bed. Louse's body is now having spasms on the lawn. One of the women from early comes to the back to check on her, caressing her face. Willis gets out of the bed, places his feet on the ground, narrowly avoiding stepping on a snake he doesn't notice. He stumbles to the living rooms. The second hears Willis's uncoordinated foot steps and hides in corner outside of Willis's vision. Louise wakes from her trance and her eyes, like her aunts, are now yellow and reptilian. Willis is struck over the head with a club and dragged out to the backyard. Louise un-hinges her jaw. Willis's comes to with half his body in Louise body, he begins to scream and strikes Louise hard before he is retrained on either side by the Aunts. They don't stop the screaming, instead Willis's mouth is invaded by snakes. He's done before too long.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Like celestial jelly on toast

Like celestial jelly on toast

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Coral. It was at a barbeque in Logan Square in early September. I was looking at my reflection in a car window, trying to determine whether or not my sunglasses made me look too much like a rapper and not enough like a writer. My public self-examinations must, to those watching me, look like a practice of narcissism. But in reality these assessments are less for my ego than they are to ensure I don’t look like the vagrant my mother leads me to believe I resemble.
I take the glasses on and off repeatedly trying to see which looked best. I studied my beak like nose and lips that rest in a permanent pucker.
“I look like a fucking muppet.” I growl and my reflection shakes its head in discontented consignment. Just then, as I was entering what was sure to be a spat of image-conscious torment, I saw a girl so immensely beautiful that at the sight of her, my amygdala deleted several terabytes of memory from itself so that I could fully remember and store those first few moments of our meeting in all of its unassuming magnificence. (Consequently I can no longer remember my Father’s birthday or place the color of my first car.)
She wore a black leather thigh high shorts that displayed her perfect, honey colored legs, knobby knees and crimson red Sperry’s, with no socks of course. She was draped in a blue tank top with some intricate yet absolutely meaningless print on it (Multicolor triangles with antlers.) Four silver bracelets accented her skinny right wrist, and the way they dangled and fell inside of each other was as elegant as it was understated. Her hair was silken with a hint caramel. Her eyebrows threaded in a staggeringly perfect arch that resembled what the arch of the gates of heaven must look like. Tan skin and sleepy eyes and peach sweet lips and a gait that was more of a glide but still vaguely unnerving, like a leaf on a harsh wind.

I put on the sunglasses, deciding it would be best to conceal my eyes so that this majestic, ethnically ambiguous, fashion savvy, nymph couldn’t see my heart melting through my stare. I gave myself one final look in the reflection of the car window, I practiced the smirk that a former girlfriend told me was ‘the best my mug ever got’ and decided that if I could maintain that exact face, maybe the girl wouldn’t notice that behind the ray bans and the grin I looked like a Simpsons character. 
Coral walked in the middle of a stable of other girls, each lovely in her own right but to deny the matchless radiance seething from Coral would be as futile as trying to stick to your diet while piss drunk and alone on a Friday (living next to a McDonalds. Eating ranched bathed dressing)
The trick when approaching girls, I’ve learned over the years of strike outs and miserable defeats, is to come bearing gifts of good tidings. Imagine every woman is Pele, the Hawaiian volcano Goddess. You wouldn’t you ask Pele for a season of plentiful harvests without first throwing a few virgins into the mouth Mauna Loa. So why would you approach a woman without sacrificing proverbial virgins to a proverbial magmatic death.
I quickly begin looking for Wes, the home owner and resident drug dealer. I had devised a plan to purchase some of his weed along with some joint wraps, and then I’d approach the broad of babes, armed with charm and a few joints they’d be flattered and giggle and blush at my jokes about how the drummer of the band that was playing in the backyard looked like he was ejaculating every time he hit the cymbals.
I find Wes and purchase the a strain called ‘Devil’s Lettuce’. I ask him if it was ok for me to stay in his living room while I’m rolling the joints, he agrees after first making a vague threat to me about stealing his product. (“No problem, I just hope nothing goes missing.”)
I start rolling up but I’m rusty, rustier than the tin man before he met Dorothy, so the joints are coming out like swollen French fries and all the while I’m going over the scene in my head. I imagine myself a foot taller with my muscles filling my chambray like James Bond’s muscles fill his suit. I imagine telling her the pizza stain on my chinos is actually the blood of a purse snatcher I’d heroically foiled. I imagined her getting my Dragon Ball Z references and knowing the origin of my Final Fantasy tattoo. I imagine her voice, a valley girl falsetto with the tinge of urban I love.
I venture out the house and into the backyard where the band and hipsters take polaroid’s and I spot Coral with her group. The sun’s rays galvanized her, like an armor of honey. Sweet and sticky. I steel my resolve, pop some gum in my mouth and charge the group. Confidence is paramount to success is any avenue, vaginal or otherwise. I consider myself a confident individual, but when our eyes met that first time
“It’s amethyst. It’s supposed to ward off poisons. The Greeks would wear amethyst to promote sobriety and clear judgment. And yes I realize that I sound like a hypocrite for wearing amethyst while I’m on my second solo cup of merlot. But I’m a walking paradox.”
Everything I said sounded so caustic and lame but she skated across words with the self-assured grace of a pro-figure skater. She told me that she wanted to buy a male iguana and a female canary and at night she played Barry White hoping they’d mate and make a dragon and she said she wanted mummification to have a renaissance. She was completely nuts; everything I wanted but didn’t know existed. I closed my eyes and nodded, listening with the attentiveness old black women have in church. Her words were my sermon, and when she sheepishly asked me if she was talking too much, I wanted to smack her across the face and tell her that I never wanted her stop talking. I wanted to tell her that all the words I had ever heard before this very conversation were asinine garbage, and that all the words I’d hear after this would be nothing but the murmurings of worms, and that if I never heard her words again I’d cry like a man on death row hearing his favorite song for the last time.
She continued in that splendid manner for quite some time, and what was even more surprising than the fact her mouth was a fountain of divine non-sequiturs was the possibility that all of this was a means of flirting. That this conversation wasn’t one of transient courtesy, but that she was actually enjoying my company and the possibility of further (less clothed) company.
This revelation was almost too much to handle in my incredibly stoned state. If this was in fact flirting then I was doing a piss poor job at it. She was monopolizing the conversation, and although I was reveling in her mild lunacy I begin to realize that she knew nothing about me save for my name (which I’m sure she’d forgot) and the fact that I was stoned (my eyes were red as the devil’s dick). I felt the need to formulate words, to paint a picture in subtle strokes of the man I was, I’d talk about my job working with special needs kids. She’d think that was adorable.
“I’ll tell her about the time Jerome pooped in the waste basket.” I thought with an explosion of self-assuredness.
“Are you stupid? Girls don’t like stories about special needs children pooping in public.” A voice in my heads rings out, inciting a choir of others.
“Girls don’t like stories about poop at all. You’re so juvenile.”
“Well what else can we talk about; all I’ve got is poop stories.” I mutter, disgraced.
“That’s fucking sad, you’re an adult male, fixated on feces, you think this girls gonna sleep with you?”
“Sleep with him, hell she won’t even like him. You look like a muppet, you know. Like you wear a prosthetic felt nose.”
Anxiety builds from this internal exchange and as the volume mount I begin to get sucked out of the divinity of Coral as if by a black hole, the vacuum of my conscious. I know the vacuum all too well, it has eaten up many day with its permeating nastiness. I’ve developed a method of quelling the voices and the nervousness they bring in three steps. The first being the unclenching of my butt cheeks. A slack sphincter promotes a looser disposition, that’s why gays seem so jovial. The second is to smile, smiling as been scientifically proven to improve temperament. And the third is a tactic I learned from a former girlfriend, to talk, loudly, over the opposition with such ferocity that eventually, like the waves in the ocean, the voices crest and roll back. I unclench my asshole, crack and smile and get ready to open my mouth, just then she gets nudged by one of the women she’d come with, the two meet eyes, then she gives a sly gesture over to an entourage of men dressed in clothes I could neither afford nor wear without looking like an imposter to something much more chic than myself.
 The men enter the backyard and they are greeted by handshakes and hugs and Corals voice loses it intent and I can tell the desire of talking to me is deflating and in a pang of desperation I grab her wrist and compliment her bracelets. Her skin isn’t as soft as I thought, it isn’t silk, its merely flesh, making her even more perfect in my mind. Her eyes give way to an indisposed soul. She frees her wrist subtly but full of intent. Coral says thank gives me a smile that says throw in the towel. She’s psychic, and I’m not blind. It took me milliseconds to realize that one of those dudes in this new posse was a suitor or a boyfriend of a prospect for all the love I wanted to receive. It’s better to leave then to be left so I hop of the cement and give myself a hearty stretch.
“I’d better make the rounds. See what the crew is up to.” I say, knowing full well the only members of my crew that were here were busy either with girls or dice.
“Alright. I like you, you’re a good listener.”
“Ha, it’s a necessity for a writer.”
“Oh you write?”
“Yeah. It’s my thing.” I say with insecure fugacity.
“Write about me.”
“Okay, what do you want the story to be about?”
“Love, of course. With a happy ending. It’s so cliché to end a love story with heartache. Happy endings are a rarity.”
“Believable ones at least.”
“Believable is a cliché to. Reality is played the fuck out.”
“You’ve got a mouth like a crossbow, you know that?”
“You should of said harpoon. And you’re a seal. A little baby seal with a cute mustache”
“Thanks. And that’s an awful statement.”
“Fuck seals, they don’t deserve fins. Fins should be reserved only for fish and mermaids.” She pauses for a minute, noticing with vested interest the group of mashers. Her faded lavender lips part curiously and she seems transfixed on one of the mashers like a cat is to a laser light on a wall.
“Whats my name?” She asks me without looking at me.
“Coral.” I say like a marine addressing his superior.
“And do you know what Coral is?”
I shake my head with the dutiful shame of that same marine.
“Well coral is made from the bones of fish.” And her eyes find mine and they are an opulent brown and I’m not sure how any man on the planet could get tired of looking into those eyes.
“And mermaids.” I whimper in a voice that was hopefully sweetly laconic, and not as intensely pitiful as I felt watching her walk away from me and into the trepidation volley of flirtation and burning sexual tension that often permeates the air space around the cool kids.
Hours pass and I start a drinking spree that I I’m sure annihilated several weeks off of the tail end of my life. I’m stumbling around the party, wedging myself in-between those tight circles people form when standing at social events. I mumble and slur and make no sense and I’m sure I embarrassed myself and a few of my friends but I don’t care too much because I spent an hour talking to a goddess only to find that she as penchants for suave dressers with trimmed facial hair. I’m mildly heartbroken, and the scars of this lose will run deep. It’s hard to get back up after a lose of love, its hard to see the world as right and just and pleasant after you’ve been robbed.
I don’t see too much more of Coral at the party, my speculations is that she was swept off her feet by one of the mashers and now has face buried in a pillow as she screams from the mashing she is receiving. Horrific thoughts on this warm evening, thinking about an unrequited love wiping another man’s jizz from the small of her back.
I find some solace in cigarettes and conversation with a group of a guys who look defeated and lousy and held together by paper mache, we are kindred spirits and to the rest of the party, of which occupancy is dwindling, we much look like a scale measuring heartache. At the beginning being and man named Rick, whose thick beard and college bookstore hoodie indicate that cares not for fashion or trend, kudos to him. And at the end, the epitome of a sad, sorry sap is yours truly, looking three sheets to the wind, my eyes barely open on my 5 ciggerete in the last 30 minutes, talking deafeningly brusque about absolutely nothing.
My night continues in this sad manner until I notice Coral running up the back stairs of the house into the kitchen. It’s a frantic run, and not the frantic run that says ‘I’ve got the fucking piss.’ And the frantic run that indicates ‘I need miles of space.’ Recognizing this immediately, I survey the circle I’ve formed with the other romantic misfits; they all seem to recognize the look on my face, that mask of idiotic hope. I bid them farewell and split for the interior of the house.
I make my way up the stairs onto the back porch and through the door and into the kitchen where there is a couple of people talking. I must have looked like I was on the hunt because without even saying anything I’m pointed into the direction of the living room by a hipster with a jewfro and a zorro mustache. I shoot him and nod and make a break for the living room which is peppered with cool looking people of fluctuating levels of drunkenness.
I would of walked passed Coral if I didn’t hear her call out.
“You’re still here?” She sniffles from under balled up mangy Kleenex.
“Yeah.” I say, sounding a little scared.
“I would of thought you’d gone home with some girl by now.” She says flattering me.
“I could say the same about you.” I state gravely.
“I should be so lucky.” Her eyes, those auburn gemstones are surrounded by red veins and the skin around them is puffy like the coats worn by rappers in the 90s.
“Stay right here, and whatever you do, don’t lose that look on your face.” I tell her before rushing off to find the friend whom was throwing the party, I eventually catch him and pull him away from a group of girls with remarkable breasts. (I mean all three of them had near perfect tits and it seemed like they were part of hidden camera social experiment about how the average person reacts to seeing 6 amazing breast. As if they had met at some amazing tit convention of on a forum for girls with lower back issues.)
He eventually sells me a 3 quarters drank handle of Bacardi for 15 dollars and shoes me away. I find Coral back in the dining room in the same corner, and the best part is she isn’t buried in her phone to give the illusion of preoccupies, instead she she gazes and her hands as they toy with a Doyle on the table. I slam down the bottle and place a red cup in front of her.
“Tell me all your woes.” I say.
And she tells me about the boy, Elliot, who she had been holding out hope for, for the last 5 months, she told me about the smooth words and the long kisses and the time they went to visit his grandmother in the nursing home and how much Elliot’s grandmother liked her and how she thought this could be the one and how tonight he broke it off and hoped in a cab with Kieran who, in Coral’s elaborate day time fantasies, had imagined would be in the bridal party of Coral’s wedding.
She exhales on my face and her breath is molten hot with the smell of booze. She kisses hard but not deep, the kinds of kisses you give someone whom you never plan to think of again. The kinds of port town whores would give navy men. Loveless and wet and my hands skirt underneath her shorts and I touch her pussy and its good and everything is like it should be, and by that a mean wet and inviting. I’m in there and she moans and digs nails into the back of my neck. But I can’t help but feel like she’d rather be with someone else. And the film on my fingers and the tongue in my mouth can’t feel the void in my heart. But we ride the whirlwind to a cab and cab to her studio and she is taking the lead and I’m following her orders.
“Shoe’s by the door.” She bark, rolling her shirt over her head. Once the shirts off she throws it into the shadowy recess of the closet, her hair falls down and resets it self in an identical mannerof her shoulders. Her bra is black and it pushes her breasts up and they look so good I call them photoshops.
“You can stop with the lines now. You’ve already won.” She laughs before unfastening the top button of her shorts. They hit they ground like a boxer with a glass chin after an uppercut. I’m hard enough to cut diamonds at the site of those lace panties and I want to give her another compliment, but I know too many sweet words work like salt on a fire. And I want this fire to burn all night.
I suck in my gut and lift up my shirt, I don’t have much of a body so she steadies her gaze on my face, she smiling and I go over to kiss her but as I grab her waist she tells me that I can’t stay afterwards. I say that after what I do to her she’ll never want me to leave, and I drop to my knees and eat like it’s my last fucking meal before I meet the gallows.
She falls over on the bed and she spreads her legs like celestial jelly on infinite toast.
And that night I work hard and she works hard and we allow each other to unzip and fume. And in the act our sweat soak bodies find peace in the exertion. We were two perfectly unraveled strangers lucky enough to find each other.
And after its all finished she makes a nest in between my arm and shoulder and even though I kind of have to pee and I’m slightly cotton mouthed, I don’t get up, because I know that moments like these are houses of cards.

In the morning she is still in the nook of my body, and I study her face and sexiness was sweated out and I notice the acne on

I didn’t have to work the next so I didn’t shower. I let her scent stick on me, let in sink deep. That next my victorious air was apparent even to strangers. I looked like I got a winning lottery ticket, and to be honest I would have traded one for the night I had. It was validation of a sort, I felt, a deep, sweet vindication. That I was infact a man, that I was capable and masculine and attractive. And no matter what happened in the future, those facts would remain chiseled into the side of all existence, like commandments or the faces of presidents or the names of dead solider. No matter what happened, nothing could take away my night with Coral. To feel attractive and capable.
A week later I’m heading home from work on the 72 bus when my phone erupts into a block of closely spaced text message alarms. When I see that the screen reads “1 unread message(s). Coral.”, I hear the scream of bottle rockets tearing through the sky, I smile on the train the way you’d imagine a teenage girl. I look at a girl sitting adjacent from me on the back of the bus and my smile extracts a smile from her and I unlock my phone and read the first line of the message and it reads;
Hey Adam, this is Coral. We met at Chandlers and Ray’s party and we had sex? Well there is no easy way to say this, and I belive in flat talking and plain speaking so I’ll just come out with it. I’m pregnant, and I’m 100% sure it’s by you. It’s been a miserable two weeks. I;ve been a pussy about telling you because, well, its just akward. And this next part is going to be even more akward, but again, plain speaking is key; I’m not keeping it. I don’t know you, and even if I did neither of us are ready, especially me. I havnt told anyone, me and you are literally thee only to being on the planet who know. We are in the VIP section of the fucked up/secret reality club. The procedor costs 350.00, an amount I’s ashamed to say I cant fully coer right now. I’m going to need half the money (175.00) from you. Please text or call me back soon. The longer we wait, the more money (and damage it will do to me) this will cost. Alright. Talk to you soon. Do not tell anyone. Bye.

My ears felt hot, and I saw myself sitting in a stupor on my futon as light smeared the room as if it were the bleeding carcuss of an elk being dragged by a dog.
“Shit..” the words exist my mouth an echo like the liberty bells being rung in the grand canyon. (In greek myhthology Echo was the name of a nymph who was on the pay roll for the soul purpose of talking to Hera as a means to distract her from her husbands, Zues, numerous affairs and infidelities.)
I don’t reply to the text immediately, instead I microwave a burrito and put on a reality show about people with mental disabilities trying to dates.
I’d drink, but I havnt got the money to have ideal alchol around, I havnt got the money for ideal booze or ideal bus rides or ideal abortions.
I think about Coral, her thin face, with her skin so damn smooth. It was so damn smooth. And she moaned like bird call, a primal way of communicating. She knew all the right things to, as if she was from the future. As if she’d lived our moment 600 times before.
She looked like something inbetween the states of evloultion, like something half human and half whatever comes after us that future folk will deny they eveolved from like we do with chimps.
Her lips pursed and full, painted a organic pink, a coral pink. (how do girls know all the minute colors in the swatches, it’s like car people knowing the make and year and extraneous series of number that follow.)
Her legs were tines of smooth marble, but not the sediment, tines of marble cake, immaculate yet begging to be devoured,
I sit on my couch and watch as this man who’se face is on a slant dicuss how lonely he is, and I’m spirally into the dark place and I look at my all purpose cleaner my momther sent me in her monthly care packages and I consider the option
I robotically grab for the phone and call.
The phone rings, and in my head I can see her grabbing her phone in the hurried/trained manner a kung fu artist can grab a house fly in the grasp of chopsticks. I can see her reading my name and taking a deep breath, I can see her getting ready for what is to be a human experience. And as we all know human expirences are with out a doubt the scariest.
“Hey there.” She says with a starling calm, but I don’t know wht it s starltilng it’s the calm shes had forever. Well atleast our forever.
“Hi.” I say, completely vacant of tact or purpose or anything admirable. I feel a knife twisting in-between my solar plexsise.

“Whats my name?” She inserted with some air of sly apathy. As if it didn’t matter, as if this moment didn’t matter. As if I got lucky, as if this meeting was a fluke, like a first time bowler getting a stike out on his first roll, like gambler hitting a Royal Flush in the first hand, it doesn’t make them a good boweler or a seasoned gambler, it wasn’t  providence or phrophesy, just a dirty fucking fluke.
In that moment my heart exploded and was pieced back together by a magnamious
“Coral.” I say like a marine addressing his superior.
“And so you know what Coral is?”
I shake my head with the shame of that same marine.
“Well Coral is made for the bones of fish.”
“And meramids.”

On the train Ilook across from me at  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

woeful ingénue

Ken Thiedman was a lawyer with over 2 and a half decades of bailing out mobsters and thieves and a hitman known in criminal circles as ‘Heart attack Hank’ whom was responsible for the murders of six people, including two women and a small child. Grisly deaths, spread across 4 states, high profile targets; Politicians and one Retired actress. The media made a carnival out of it, the trial lasted around 3 months and despite certain articles of damning evidence (footprints, audio recordings, and even the testimony of a man claiming to have been a witness to an alleged strangling of one of the victims.) Heart Attack Hank was exonerated on all charges, live coverage of the trial ended with a bone-chilling wink from Hank to the camera man. The nation collectively shit their pants.
Ken was of Cuban descent, tall and stocky. No facial hair, he hand a slick, sleek brown face framed with perfect eye brows and lips women from the Valley or Manhattan pay top dollar for. He was fucking gorgeous and I say this as a man who loves women more than I love freedom, food and the right to vote or hold office. Ken was also in the practice of taking long silences inbetween thoughts to stare at you. My Thai friend said it was a power issue, he said that Mongol warlords would do it to other Warlords to infiltrate the confidence and soul of enemies, he said that Ken wouldn’t actually be looking in your eyes but at your ear lobe, but ones eyes, always seeing slight, mundane illusions inflicted by our brains and  their isistant misreadings of the multiudes of others actions, beilve he is staring past our eyes, into our souls we keep shaded and hidden and solitary, like a dairy, like a secret to rich and soaked in personality to reveal.
Ken joined me on the veranda of the hotel I was staying in while I was avoiding Lathary’s goons. I’ll never forget, even though I was 6 mimosa’s into my afternoon, what his first words were to me when he pulled out his chair and sat down across from me.
“I know who juo are, and juo know who I am. Lets not phuck aroun’. In my bag, there is a pistal. You can take de bag up into your room and blow jour brains out and on thee walls. That way jou can sorta dodge all de bullsheet that is to follow these meeting. Is dhat somethen jou would be interested in?”
I shook my head sheepishly, but still maintain eye contact.
“Good, becase that would hav made my flight very much pointless.” He laughs, and waves the waiter over. Orders himself a beer and a egg with crabmeat a garlic. He order me a Tom Collins.
“I’ve been drinking mimosas. I’d sort of like to stay on that path.”
“No moar of jour bullshit faggot mimosas. That for 16 year olds and woman at bridal showers. Jou are a mans in thee company of a mans and jou will dra-ink as such.”
I laugh it off, semi-offended but also not trying to get into a altercation with a 6’5 cuban with a pistol in his brief case. He was like a wolf, Ken was. Like a Stevie Ray Vaughn lick with some tribal drums and faint chanting in the back ground.
Our drinks came before he said another word. My mimosa was watery orange juice and had somehow lost its taste after he insulted it.
“I ordered jou a Tom Kollins because its my truth syrum, I’ve foun’ that no maan can lie with a stomach full of Tom Kollins. So before we talk anymore, jou need to drienk thee whole. Fucking. Thing.”
I’m sorta petrified and scared and I think about how if Tam was still around we’d laugh at Ken’s accent and machismo and then when have a fuck session were she secretly francize I was Ken and I secretly fantasize I have an accent.
But Tam is gone and Ken is here as a direct result of that.

Tam was my woeful ingénue, I learned that word after she died and it break my heart that I didn’t recognize her has that when she was alive, when she was mine, when she’d sing  Leonard Cohen naked in bed plucking at her guitar. When we’d hold hands and breathe deep on cigarettes and wonder why can’t a love this strong, this real, be visible, like rainbows or the aurora borealis. Why couldn’t the world feel our love? Why couldn’t the dictionary have a separate definition, or atleast an addendum to the word love that described her and I. It was the sorta of love that enslaves the imagination, like the idea of Santa to a child, like the idea of blood to a shark. We loved so hard it could have crushed the universe and I guess that’s why the universe, being the coward that it is, took her from me. My woeful ingénue, what I’d looked for all my life.

To be continued...never..maybe