Original Excitement Scarf

Original​ ​excitement​ ​scarf

Original​ ​excitement​ ​scarf​ ​extends​ ​when​ ​Mexico​ ​mountains​ ​start​ ​bleeding​ ​up.​ ​What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​have to​ ​do​ ​to​ ​not​ ​get​ ​paid?​ ​I​ ​kept​ ​blonde​ ​tables,​ ​enabling​ ​seventies​ ​wear.​ ​She’s​ ​never​ ​not​ ​bragging. Because​ ​she’s​ ​she?

The​ ​most​ ​important​ ​thing​ ​we​ ​waitresses​ ​ever​ ​do​ ​is​ ​save​ ​lives.​ ​I​ ​saw​ ​seven​ ​layers​ ​of​ ​the​ ​same painting​ ​once.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​mostly​ ​an​ ​idea​ ​to​ ​stick​ ​to.​ ​There’s​ ​so​ ​much​ ​therapy​ ​in​ ​realism.​ ​She​ ​died​ ​and I​ ​was​ ​like​ ​what​ ​now?​ ​I​ ​started​ ​a​ ​grocery​ ​list​ ​that​ ​turned​ ​into​ ​a​ ​novel,​ ​but​ ​most​ ​days​ ​I’m​ ​not​ ​frugal so​ ​much​ ​as​ ​musical.​ ​Someone​ ​else​ ​had​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​tying​ ​my​ ​shoes​ ​after​ ​the​ ​thud.​ ​Indulgence tends​ ​to​ ​lean​ ​left.

I​ ​exacted​ ​retribution​ ​after​ ​the​ ​third.​ ​You​ ​came​ ​back,​ ​turned​ ​left​,​ ​and​ ​were​ ​instantly​ ​judged.​ ​Hey, Arizona​ ​gravel​ ​voice,​ ​clues​ ​are​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​find​ ​if​ ​you​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​Southwest​ ​history.​ ​Channel mammoth​ ​facts,​ ​maybe​ ​there​ ​was​ ​a​ ​crime.

 

you​ ​write​ ​flat​ ​papers

you​ ​write​ ​flat​ ​papers​,
learn​ ​fluent​ ​dog​ ​trap
your​ ​entire​ ​life.
what​ ​you​ ​can​ ​discourse,
blind​ ​or​ ​convent?
There​ ​are​ ​big​ ​skills:
Agriculture​ ​meta,​ ​vista​ ​confidence
You​ ​cannot​ ​play​ ​tic-tac-toe​ ​by​ ​yourself.
Conflict​ ​underwhelms.
I​ ​doodled​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time​ ​and
caused​ ​a​ ​skeletal​ ​riot.

 

What’s​ ​a​ ​normal​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​earwax​ ​to​ ​have?

What’s​ ​a​ ​normal​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​earwax​ ​to​ ​have?​ ​she​ ​thought,​ ​weighing​ ​her​ ​own​ ​on​ ​the​ ​scientific American​ ​scale​ ​her​ ​lab​ ​rat​ ​mother​ ​kept​ ​in​ ​a​ ​safe.​ Insist​ ​on​ ​your​ ​own​ ​complexity.​ ​(Ever​ ​notice how​ ​it’s​ ​so​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​be​ ​nostalgic​ ​about​ ​a​ ​period​ ​of​ ​time​ ​like​ ​“when​ ​you​ ​were​ ​little?”)​ ​How​ ​subtle most​ ​change​ ​is:​ ​the​ ​stroke​ ​where​ ​an​ ​“I”​ ​becomes​ ​one​ ​half​ ​of​ ​parentheses.​ ​Emphasize​ ​the​ ​quirk.

She​ ​didn’t​ ​want​ ​milk​ ​but​ ​downed​ ​that​ ​chocolate​ ​syrup.​ ​He​ ​got​ ​high​ ​with​ ​the​ ​whipped​ ​cream​ ​can. When​ ​she​ ​killed​ ​her​ ​goldfish​ ​by​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​hug​ ​it​ ​with​ ​her​ ​fingers—“a​ ​pinch​ ​hug”—they​ ​laughed and​ ​flushed​ ​the​ ​toilet.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Johanna M. Costigan is a writer from New York who is living in Shanghai.

 

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