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flax-golden tales: a persistent turtle possibly having an existential crisis

a persistent turtle possibly having an existential crisis The turtle keeps trying to get into the house. Sometimes it even manages to sneak inside despite the fact that we lock all the windows and doors and rigged a fancy mesh over the air vents. It just appears, like magic. Tucked amongst the mangoes in the […]

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flax-golden tales: preservation

preservation The new things, once found, are immediately placed in glass. Carefully captured in jars or frames depending on their nature and size. Then they are catalogued and organized for preservation. Before they have a chance to grow wild. With time they will harden and dry and become extremely delicate. (More so than they were […]

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flax-golden tales: buy love here

buy love here It appears to be a store and not a test, because they find people are more comfortable thinking about it as a transaction rather than a judgement. The numbers listed are not the true prices, the paper money is mostly for administrative fees and processing. The real costs are paid in secrets […]

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flax-golden tales: happily

happily He says he’ll build us a castle somewhere. And our castle will be guarded by a dragon. A dragon who plays the mandolin. And eats unwelcome visitors. And in this castle, guarded by its carnivorous, mandolin-playing dragon, we will live happily ever after. I tell him that I don’t need a castle. And I […]

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flax-golden tales: untested paths obscured by snow

untested paths obscured by snow It’s clear to see from the impressions in the snow That you were walking in someone else’s footsteps, Wearing someone else’s shoes. Maybe because it was easier to take steps already taken Or maybe because of outside expectations that were not your own. It doesn’t matter. Now, here, looking back, […]

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flax-golden tales: brief conversation with a traveling cat

brief conversation with a traveling cat There’s a cat walking in the road alongside me and after it keeps pace with me for a bit I ask if it can talk, a habit I developed with all cats from a young age (though none of them ever could). “That’s mostly Japanese cats,” this cat answers […]

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flax-golden tales: don’t

don’t I spun the wheel even though it had a sign that said “don’t.” I’m sorry. In my defense, it didn’t say “don’t spin” or even “don’t turn.” It just said “don’t” which isn’t terribly specific. And it was there with its vague warning all wheel-shaped with curved spokes looking like it was supposed to […]

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flax-golden tales: another world next door

another world next door There is another world that is quite like this one but you can’t really see it, even though it’s right next door. At some points it comes close enough that you could almost see it but the reflections through skys and seas create an optical illusion and everything disappears into the […]

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flax-golden tales: simple steps

simple steps Take simple steps. Do not complicate things any more than necessary. Do not preoccupy yourself with step 3 while you are still on step 1. (That way madness lies.) One step. Then the next. Each step can take as long as it needs, each step is different and unique to the step-taker. Try […]

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flax-golden tales: guardian of the new world

guardian of the new world The path in front of me is surrounded by green leaves and sunshine, sudden and shocking. I glance over my shoulder and the snow is still there, the impressions of my bootsteps slowly filling in with fresh flakes. In the sunshine by the side of the path stands a robed […]

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