I lay in bed, setting fire to pieces of books. The smoke dances around my fingertips as the words dissolve and are set free into the fresh air. Maybe humanity will change, or maybe this is futile destruction. I feel the air waltzing around the hairs on my legs and arms as I dream of stockinged legs, like broken pillars either side of my hips, and the wet, vibrant warmth of her embrace on a humid summer evening.
When we last embraced, her dry lips scraped against mine in the fetid atmosphere of a subway, surrounded by the desperate, depressed, and drunk. In that artificial neon miasma, her curls caught the light like scythes in an autumn sunset.
Taunted and haunted by memory, I feel too depressed to go downstairs and face the world with its textures, shadows and reminders. Instead I stay upstairs in the glow of unattached memory…
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