Here is your father, she said, and she ripped him out, handing him to me like a dentist pulling a…
I AM A SERVICE ANIMAL
I AM WORKING
PLEASE ASK BEFORE YOU PET ME
The more desperate we became, the further our standards fell. A studio apartment with someone already living in it—can we apply? A cat carrier—is it cable-ready?
They said the procedure wouldn’t hurt Max because Max was a puppy, and puppies didn’t feel pain.
A cloud of invisible stink accompanied the garbage truck as it wobbled between parked cars on either side of the street, idling, rolling, reversing. An albino cockroach on wheels.
They met there every day, discussing their backs and their wives and the minutiae of their lives.
A big bearded man in a big furry hat is twisting the wheel of his tow truck the way you would open a jar of pickles.
The feline sonnet could have come straight from discarded portions of “The Deserted Village” by Oliver Goldsmith…
They envisioned a world without books. Wouldn’t that be so much better?
Falling backward and downward as wakefulness dissolved and sleep encompassed her.