A long day for me, for the lizards I chased and didn't catch. For the barking dogs who won't ever, oh my god, stop barking. For Luco, who hides in the laundry room because the air conditioner fixing guy is here, ostensibly fixing the air conditioner. For MR who who feeds me, but not the food I want. For her boyfriend who lives here and who is made to toil, cleaning the house, fixing leaking pipes. For Fremlin who has ventured into my thoughts as of late, unexpected.
She's there, hiding in the kick drum.
Creeping past the kitchen cabinet.
Batting at my tail.
Nosing her way through the Tubby Kat Door.
In neon I catch and kill rats. Swirling prisms of blood and of screaming. Trees arch into the limitless sky.
If I could climb one? I'd never stop - always moving up, up, up. Taste the clouds. Claw my way into the sun.
Fremlin tip toes. The dogs wail with ambulance sirens. I stalk flies and imagine myself a moth.
Oh, how I'd cling to the window screen. And how I'd careen through atmosphere.
Imagine me: Breath bursting in my ribcage, extended to wing filaments - perhaps the other animals' dreams dusting my body, cascading hail cracking sidewalks, rooftops, splintering lizards into fractilized pieces.
Sometimes I hate this.
Moments Outside feel like a lifetime. Like briefest dream.
I grapple with the memory. Taste of breeze. Tree limb. Mud.
The dogs get this freedom every day. They don't, however, seem to understand that which they have. Perhaps a truism for all of us, but still.
I mean, I know I have it pretty good here. Better than the lizards crushed between open window and closed. Better than ants marching for poison. Than mold sweeping its slow way across the patio.
Perhaps to be alive is to yearn. For movement. Excitement. The heat and the crash of chance, of chaos. This a type of entanglement - you and I and everyone bending to reach for the slip of a hook that will pull us up, out, away. That will us liberate.
I sound like Luco, don't I? He's been reading Sartre aloud for days and days and days. “I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other. In Heaven's name, why is it so important to think the same things all together. ”
But we do, don't we? I think we do.
And it makes my loneliness all the more bitter.