it is 2024. we wonder what to say next, and the wind is still blowing.

twenty five.

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little faster and with
little, with fewer faster a
fewer and a little faster and
with fewer heated while we
going on we becoming heated
while listening repetition
getting a little more accurate.
the conversation going on
heated while we pretend our
aren't we do our repetition
listening do our best to pretend
listening repetition our
conversation going becoming going
little a little, a
conversation going little every
aren't listening. we aren't
listening a little more listening
. every repetition
listening repetition getting and
with fewer mistakes. the
faster a little faster on
faster a little

four.

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it's hard to speak
sometimes. we are frustrated with
ourselves for our
inconsistencies once at peace and
allowing things to be just the way
they are and want to be,
always taking action and never
taking action,
leftandrighting with the leftandright
once again wishing things
were a different way or that
the coin had landed on the
other face; we can't figure
out who we are, and we aren't
quite sure if that question
leads anywhere hard to find
the energy to say anything,
too many responses waiting
behind each option which never
seem to go anywhere
positive, anywhere that doesn't
hurt anybody or dissipate
into the grass as if nothing
had happened in the first
place and we begin to wonder if
anything actually did or does
happen or if we had somehow just
thought it all up out of some kind
of desperation and
confusion aimed at nothing in
particular, cycles going back and
forth but never quite the same
way, always surprising
somehow and adding to the
confusion and lack of any sense of
place, the feeling that we are
nowhere and the feeling that we
are getting nowhere.

twenty seven.

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on every freckle on care
knot in the if did it on
purpose things their own
somehow. our eyes eyes a moment
and feel floating outside
is somehow that it might
might enough outside this
stinging dents in the and ask
caused each groove and walls
scratch on the face we care a how
how each lot about about ,
how a , on purpose of if their
own somehow. we close our
feel bodies, that the
incense our bodies, that it
might

one.

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and just like that, the
page turns for us. the next
series of random numbers fill
the screen and we begin to
imagine dots and we begin to
connect them and agree and
disagree with them, relate to
them and question them and
share them. the page glares.
we glare. everybody is
glaring and nobody is laughing
and then one of us starts
laughing, and another one of us
starts laughing, and we are all
laughing and the paper is
laughing and the inkdots are
laughing: the numbers are
laughing too.

twenty three.

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care. we don't care and
have more like our arm and our
blood keeps going, trees a bit
, in able us every person
and the air these tones
being absorbed kinetic
energy

five.

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quietingly, the
softmurmurs not trying to say
anything in particular or
convince anyone of anything,
prefering to let things just exist
the way they are and stay the
same when they need to stay
the same and change when
they need to change, or not
even need to stay the same or
need to change but maybe
instead want to stay the same or
want to change, or rather: it
just happens. it just
happens, and it keeps just
happening. the softmurmers not
even speaking about what's
going on or what's not going on
but instead just
mentioning about whatever is on
their mind at that moment,
letting it out and letting it go,
the sound waves not
disappearing but echoing off a
thousand surfaces and every
blade of grass, split and
muffled and distorted and
echoed until they sound like
dead trees, the sun pushing
the waves around a little
through the screen door, gnats
in the air just sort of
moving around.

nineteen.

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the corner of the room
empty except for the little
grooves in the floorboard, we
smile. the moments going and
going in such a beautiful way
that we can't take our eyes
off it, noticing just how
inconsistent things are, how blurry
and arbitrary the
differences seem between things and
people and ideas, how musical a
painting can sound the ink never
seems to dry.

nine.

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we are breathing. and we
are still breathing. one
thought and another passing by
in the street while we ask
ourselves if this is going
anywhere if we should instead be
focusing on something else like
the way the smoke is
drifting away from the incense
stick, or the sound our eyelids
make when we blink. is there a
place for rushing anymore?
the softmurmurs again,
reminding us about our breath: and
a little blue bird lands
on the windowsill. it is
singing.

thirty one.

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, not shoelaces off
tangled up or tangled up in
trashbag somewhere near spoiled
food over control no also
having no also world also, our
this is a beautiful a
beautiful it in its strange the
time going and a supposedly
doing role in this vaguely
society we values quite
understand what anyone is saying or
we saying or why saying
something outside, the with

ten.

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we ask ourselves some
question we can't hear, muffled
because our heads are
underwater, this cold sensation
pressing on our foreheads while
we feel our socks becoming
heavy, cottonfibers grabbing
skin and dragging behind our
feet, cold passing between
our toes. maroon painted
walls and a thick sweater,
crinkling plastic bag full of
snacks. we notice it is becoming
later every moment, and that
as soon as we count one
number there is another in
front of that, always room for
another one or zero or eighty
seven or pencilcase
dirtyshoe, these power outlets
rusting over even though we
can't see where the water
could have come from fading in
the carpet telling which
way people walk most
without asking why they walk it
so often when it seems
there are so, so many other
ways to go and that this way
isn't even the easiest or most
efficient or beautiful or
surprising: they are taking the path
because it is the path they take,
and we can't help but
laughalittle at how beautiful that is
not to say that one is better
than another or that anyone
is wrong for going the way
they do or that we think we are
better than going that
particular way to the couch, but
that we know in the end we are
going to go that way too and
that's just fine. it's just as
good an option as any so we
don't see a reason why not it's
beautiful enough and it's
surprising enough and that itself
may be the most beautiful
and surprising thing of all
at the moment.

seven.

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tangling wires into
these bizarre shapes, rugs
with strange colors and
melodies waitingly, taking deep
breaths before the speech where
we finally speak our
minds: "won't everybody
please, please stop this
cruelty? can't we see how
unnecessary it is?" some glass
window creaking under winds,
some oil spilled in a parking
lot. how again the why's and
who's before and after or some
some behind throughingly, a
manual for writers of research
papers about electrical
engineering and game theory,
complex analysis and early
marxist painting; the
walls of this place have
shoulders that are
sagging, somewhere in these
pages an actual answer to a
question that matters. a new pair
of jeans, a holiday
decoration left up for months, a
lightbulb which doesn't fit even
though we could have sworn the
size was right at the store.
color combinations making us
feel sick and wonder why we
care about the dissonance,
why we should prefer one to
the other. we conclude that
we're all just bits of air
moving with the waves of some
song we can't hear: now
banging on the wooddrums, the
thoughts and the doubts, hopes or
imaginations throwing fists at the
organ keyboard, some body of
loud waters, some
electrical structure groaning in
rains particles trapped in
the breezings, the sine
waves, the eyeballs thrown
left and right or up and down
or is that a sign of
happiness, of
peacefulness? who's to tell what's
harmony and what's dissonance?
who's to tell the words of the
song when each moment's just
a few bits of data? hard to
see the picture from a
pixel, hard to find the poem
through a word a letter an inkdot
the arounds and behinds
lost somewhere in the mix,
the breath being exhaled
before we even noticed it was
inside our bodies, each note
rising just a little higher or
just a little more like dirty
wallpaper: we ask each other where
it happened. where the
music got faster. where the
blue became green, where the
light was switched on and the
newer waves began to
interfere with things and distort
the shapes, canceling out
or multiplying or
performing more complicated
operations until the noise is noise
and the signal is noise and
the noise is still noise yet
somehow wider, more sideways
and spinningly and
uppingly and backwardly, more
harsh and out of sync, now neon
colorlines and batteries, strange
gaps in the spiral not
patterns but something about
them which makes us feel the
walls are moving further away
and the room is becoming
smaller, that one moment is
another and the second hand is
somehow different this time
around. we cannot help but go to
sleep again, this time with a
strange smile and already
looking forward to coffee. this
time with socks and a thicker
blanket. this time with the
windows open: and in comes the
cooler air.

thirty.

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laugh, and laugh. laugh
, and can't we see are so
every minute our so much more
think of a good question to
read bad read handwriting
bad handwriting read laugh
. we what, changes. we
years or if nothing or nothing
ever changes ask ourselves
we return are unable to
answer. to answer we begin, and
laugh. can't when second a
when first place when it
comes question to which is so
so can't think moment or we
are how we able to read we we
laugh, if anything actually
changed over changes really
changes question in return:
“who and to answer we begin to
then begin to laugh,, and the
first when like second
question comes which our ears
like why we can't think with
at the moment or able, what
, if anything these that
really and we changes really
unexpected question in return we
are unable to answer. we
don't know. and then we begin
to cry. and then we begin
laugh, can't we when

zero.

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and all at once things
are so quiet, a tiny hiss
from the walls, distant
clanging of a ventilation fan. we
breathe with the sunlight,
passing clouds causing these
little pulses in the sunglow
and somehow we feel it in our
toes even though we can't
quite tell why the wind
chooses the pitches it sings
against the window, why one
harmony should point to
another, why every story has some
sort of climax where
elements and trajectories
culminate into some bigger thing
as if we had been heading
there all along as if there
were some kind of purpose
behind the penscratches or
where this leaf decides to
fall in this rotting pile we
notice a pain in our lower back
from bad posture and some
strange sense of pressure from
the bottom of our right foot
now the ventilation fan
slowing down into a periodic
banging; we notice a coin lying on
the ground but we can't make
out which side it landed on.
do we care? is it good to
care? would it matter if we
knew? we are staring at the
coin and the coin is staring
back.

twenty.

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the smell of damp sticks
from outside. a slowmoving
sound. we notice how
everything is so pink maybe we
remember why, but for now we
don't. “can it stay like this
for a while?” and, for once,
it does.

eight.

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we accidentally
imagine ourselves as having for
a head this strangely
shaped box or a bird feeder with
a triangular roof or
something similar and we are
sitting in the front passenger
seat of an old car and someone
we care a lot about asks,
who are you? and we
think for a minute, and then
another. we aren't able to answer
with anything except a held
hand, and we somehow find
ourselves caring more about them
just because they asked.
they can't answer either,
and the grip gets tighter
and they aren't making eye
contact but that's okay because
we aren't looking anyway
and we are both these
strange wooden boxes attached
to bodies, heads without
eyes which still say so much,
eyes without laughinglines
which always find new things
to smile about an itch
behind our ears, the way this
piece of paper falls on the
ground, the sound of an overhead
lamp switching on laughing
about nothing in particular
and everything in
particular, wanting to want
everything and wanting to want
nothing, to feel everything and
to feel nothing, or at
least something the grip
getting tighter and we remember
how okay it is, how
beautiful it is and how funny it is
that poetry and music might
be the same thing after
all, that hiding is okay
sometimes and being naked is okay
too, that sometimes things
lead to other things, and
sometimes they don't, and
sometimes things just happen and
they keep just happening and
they don't stop. they don't
stop and it seems like they
never will, so it starts
making sense to just accept
this and close our eyes and
smile a little but somehow
this feels impossible. we
get frustrated and start to
do things we don't want to
do, blaming other people
for things nobody had
control over in the first place
and jumping to conclusions
and making assumptions
about other people and their
intentions and what they want or
what they are afraid of. we
forget that they are us, that
their grip is getting tighter
and that nothing is okay for
them either. we remember
that their boxy head is
crying and we have been trying
not to notice. we remember
that we are all the same
person born into different
bodies, and that this is a
beautiful thing. this is a
beautiful thing. this is a
beautiful thing.

twelve.

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we never seem to notice
the changes until they've
already happened. or at least
they are well into
happening. we wonder why that is:
the clouds evaporating and
the sun coming out, the air
getting so slightly warmer; a
single row of bricks painted a
different color. who the behinds
through before how's and where
when whenever the
againagain the words repeatingly
as we notice a little
cottonfluff drifting toward us. it
sticks to our ink, and we ask
again where meaning comes
from. a million coins being
thrown every instant, fields
of possibility so
terrifyingly wide staring us in the
eye so intensely we have to
look away and we notice this
little bug just flying around,
landing, and flying around
again. flying, landing, and
flying around again.

three.

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how did we get here? the
questions which keep making their
way inside our mouths as if
we never could learn from
the last time we couldn't
answer and instead only become
more unhappy and began to
throw things at the walls with
some inexpressible anger
screaming and shouting with a red
face and bulging veins,
fists again and again against
the door not even caring
what's on the other side, too
caught up with the idea of the
door being there in the first
place another why and another
if causing the lights to
flicker and the stove to begin to
smell like something is
burning so we all try to remember
what we had done in the
kitchen last but we can't
remember, and even the attempts to
remember make us shout with fewer
words, make us scream with our
fingers and pound harder and
harder on the door while the
wood is splintering here and
there and the doorframe
appears to budge this time or
that time or this time again
and again and again

two.

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longer they even
because matter . because the
because the longer the less we
because the longer we longer we
the longer we the stare at
the details, the details
they even matter. because
details . longer we stare at the
details , the less we because the
longer are are sure they we
stare at we the details the are
we are the details they
even even matter. even
matter. because the we stare we
at we stare at the stare at
the sure we are less longer
we stare at the the less we
are even. the details, the
we the details, details
less we less we they even
matter they even matter.
longer we less sure they even
because the the longer stare at
the details, longer
because the longer longer we
stare at the at,, because
longer we the the sure they even
matter. the at the sure they
sure they even matter.
because the sure matter.
because the we longer we stare
stare at the matter, the are
sure they even details, the
less we are sure we are they we
stare the details the less
sure they even. because the
longer we stare at the the less
less we are sure they even
they even because the longer
we stare at the matter they
sure even sure they even
details, the the , less we they
the the less sure even
matter. because less we sure
matter the the longer the the
the we are sure at the
details at the details, we sure
they even stare we the sure
even because the longer we
stare at. the we longer we the
details

six.

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silence and quiet now. a
small voice humming and
laughing in the other room. a
crystal or some melting snow.
behinds toward while again
around where's or why's while
leftandright shrinking silently. a
wooden creak. a scratch. all
centers things happening all
around, things just happening
and just being the way they
are. and we realize that this
is a beautiful thing. that
this is a beautiful thing.

twenty six.

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into the point.
interactions thoughts spray paints
and concrete, all
permeating while just just happens
things squares of making
themselves other and
relationships pushing which which
fall in the the or intended,
but sneaking into paints
and concrete colors and.
outlines of just a smile. it into
other things

eighteen.

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systems all around us
and our lives fracturing
breaking apart piece by piece as
we keep trying to glue
things back together with
words and theories and poems
and cathedrals
architectures in the mind and and later
in concrete, we begin to
feel jittery as we realize we
haven't stood up in hours, this
chair and its arms a little too
narrow, pressing against the
sides of our skulls, plurals
and singulars not having so
much significance to us now
when the lights are
flickering so subtly. we pray but
don't know who we are praying
to who we are praying for,
what we want, what we should
want. fading. fading.

twenty eight.

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where the patterns in
cloud of leaves , whether we
whether we made it made it or up if
felt grow in some need grow in
come when we and now someone
we comes walking comes and
now look up see don't say or
maybe they noticed sometimes
it's that sometimes don't
know really they

twenty four.

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sometimes things are
not , sometimes it to the and
sometimes, it happens that from
one to okay ,, go from one to ,
and things are not not are,
go without okay , and it
they are sometimes trying.
the other even trying and
and sometimes, they are ,
and without even trying not
. and sometimes
sometimes that we go . and
sometimes things are not okay they
are, and from one even
trying. and sometimes things
things are not things are not
things they are, that that go
from one sometimes they are
that , and sometimes it it
happens that we go from one to
without even they that one to the
other not that to and
sometimes things are sometimes
they go that we go go from one
to . even trying . ,
sometimes it. sometimes
sometimes to the we go from we go
without even trying. and and
they they are sometimes
happens that from we go go the
even things are not not okay
sometimes go that without even
okay, are other sometimes
sometimes it we even trying
sometimes sometimes they are, and
go from one to the , are
sometimes it happens go one . and
sometimes things are and it they
are sometimes it go to the
without are happens happens
that we go to. and sometimes
that it we and sometimes it
happens.. and are okay are
sometimes that we go sometimes
that we go from we go go
sometimes that , and sometimes to
the other without even and
sometimes not are and to things are
sometimes they are , and sometimes
it happens the sometimes
things they go from one to the
other without even. and
sometimes not, and sometimes to
the other without even even
and things are are and okay,
, sometimes sometimes
things not okay, and sometimes
they they are, other without
okay, are, one trying. and
sometimes sometimes sometimes
and sometimes we happens
are, and that from one to the
without. and sometimes are that
that we go from one to the
other trying ., and sometimes
they are and sometimes
trying . even things happens
that

seventeen.

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marbles in a glass bowl,
not going anywhere in
particular seeming to wonder where
the birds get their
melodies, their strange rhythms
tinkling or rubbing cardboard.
the dark bottle looking
right back, eyes glimmering
so loudly with the
sunlight or fluorescent
flickerings or uncharged
batteries. the lithium looking for
water. how's this different?
asking between colorshades
and subject matter like it
were important or something
or something or something
or anothersong
thismomentingly or an old box of cereal,
casting shadows longer than
expected somehow while the light
reflects in its own color onto the
walls and the nearby desk
surface, papers scattered from
months before piled over each
other, some important some not
so much, some with colors
and blindly drawn
paintings and some printed out
from an old black and white
laser jet printer, whatever
that means, whatever those
meaning.

twenty two.

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and another not? not ?
the we lean our our ears
closer but try against pause
for we pause and second
again again while keeps that
sound sound and and and
allergies allergies seasonal
allergies. bird call we don't
recognize the and somehow voices
make this sort inside
buzzing inside our chests
buzzing inside our chests and
not warmer but more or or
combination okay. which
slantingway quiet are but try not to
notice . the try try not this
kind of grass . we pause for
for breathe for a again
again all a

twenty nine.

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be tomorrow or cross of
another when without when we are
writing without place of when we
without any particular sense of
intention with, just going one by
one with a pen which bounces
through our just going happen
can't help but is even think
about things like days

twenty one.

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we wonder what would
make us happy, what would
make this headache go away
which keeps distracting us
from everything going on the
scratching pens and observations,
a quote out of context we
leave the incense burning
when we go to sleep even
though we know it's a fire
hazard and it puts our lives in
danger and the lives of all the
other people living above and
below us, and all of the people
we know and the people who
care about what happens to us
even though we never asked
them to. we wonder why it
should matter that something
happens to anyone, we wonder why
we care. and everything is
so quiet.

eleven.

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we keep asking
questions like “will this make me
happy?” when instead it might be
more interesting to ask what
it would sound like if the
leaves on every tree were poems
written on little sheets of
paper and everybody in the
world began to read them out
loud all at the same time and
then the wind began to blow
and the poems went flying in
the air all around and
everybody just watched it happen
in complete silence we
can't help but smile a little,
and then a lot. and someone
hugs the stranger to their
left and we all begin to
laugh. we ask ourselves
another question we can't hear
because of all the wind and
poems, and that's just fine we
realize we didn't want to know
the answers anyway when
there are so many confusing
and beautiful things all
around us anyway. we just keep
laughing and grabbing poems out
of the air, sometimes
deciding to read them and
othertimes using them as napkins.
the wind, the wind is
laughing too.

sixteen.

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starts right right on on
coming coming back cue and
stick of in our we and becoming
smoke in our lungs . laughing!
it smile when the we can't
help but smile smile can't
back right on cue lines and
that stick stick of incense
is still glowing somehow
becoming smoke in our lungs we
breathe and breathe in still
glowing somehow we breathe and
we breathe and breathe and
we. laughing! help smile
funny isn't funny how we can't
help but it funny can't help
but when the smile coming
back lines incense and
becoming our becoming smoke our
we lungs our lungs we
breathe . and we breathe. we we.
questions! forget to ask
questions forget to how we coming
but on the cue colors
remember lines remember lines
lines remember lines. we
remember and our breathe and
breathe breathe. forget to. we
questions. laughing

fifteen.

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instincts we left them,
different ways. don't don't of we
are smiling and we smiling.
we smiled and us smiled
first people joke was funny
when because there were so
many at once car jam this
traffic note in time . more time.
but just another ceiling
and keep arriving and seem
to all all people all these
possibilities fanning
incomprehensible tree, end up just going
going with saw seems as good we
don't remember seems,, least
remember we left them, dealing
don't know dealing and
smiling. we don't

fourteen.

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agains the wayingsong a
we or to while behind the
eyelids, and underthere, a
beforemaroon, the eyes again with
questions and ideas how to see
under a color when we are stuck
inside it these things all
moving so slowly but the clock
seems to be working as usual
with those clunks and little
fingers and woodenbits we
suggest a counterpoint. and the
conversation stays the same and
nobody really seems to care
about the wind.

thirteen.

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we wait for a few minutes
and wonder if it would be
okay for us to ask now: "is
this beautiful?" we wonder
if nobody noticed and we
watch the air just sort of move
around through the leaves. we
take another breath with the
sunlight and feel warmer.
throughs and arounds
behindingly the now nowing while
again the time continues and
stops and continues again.
circles of ink we close our eyes.
,