to-do lists and stinky shoes

27 Jan

i need to brush my teeth.
i need to reconcile the ghosts.
i need to wipe off the breadcrumbs.

check tire pressure.
tweak the bolts.
close the gates.
wipe off the blood and chocolate from the walls.
erase old directions.
follow new ones.

Pavel made his shoes from hemp and old car tires.
His grandfather was a cobbler and his mother a seamstress back home.
In fifth grade the other kids ganged up and stuck him into a large garbage bin.
“your shoes stink, you fuckin alien!”

i must write more stories about bars.
or cages.

“hey,” she says
“why didn’t you ever let me fade into your world?”

one of these days
i’m gonna get organi-
zized.

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3 Responses to “to-do lists and stinky shoes”

  1. Geoff 28/01/2009 at 4:16 PM #

    I think our ghosts are necessary, and perhaps should never be reconciled, as such. We need them as reminders. (That’s not to say we can’t develop an uneasy understanding with them.)

  2. (S)wine 28/01/2009 at 7:21 PM #

    My ghosts are probably not like your ghosts. They need reconciling. I don’t need them for reminders; I have a good memory. Time to slay’em.

  3. Geoff 28/01/2009 at 11:19 PM #

    You have a point, Alex. Everybody’s ghosts are different. Strength, then, to the slaying.

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