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Two Goats, Two Destinies

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Two goats One the mirror image of the other A lot is cast One goat is sacrificed as atonement for our nation One goat is cast off a cliff in the barren desert Two paths One the mirror image of the other A single turn And everything changes

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Just a Breath Leah Gebber I have lived in this house for almost 60 years and I never changed the cornice that runs along the edge of the ceiling, although it is spotted with yellow. The cornice shows a pattern of ivy leaves. For 60 years I did not notice the ugliness. Perhaps I did not identify the leaves for what they were: ivy, creeping, sucking, crawling ivy. Why is there ivy on my ceiling when there could be roses and lilies and tulips and daisies and snowdrops and honeysuckle? All rendered in white plaster, true, but flowers just the same. Every day, I lie on my back and I notice the ivy. I try to point at it, tell them to do something — change it, paint it, chip it off the wall, take away the ugliness somehow. But when I lift my arm,Polly lifts a glass of water to my lips. I open my mouth to tell her that I am not thirsty. I push air through my teeth. I shape my lips. They do not move. I try to tighten them into a pucker, make a sound. If I push hard, a noise will come. It will sound like a goose’s honk. I think of the duck, flying away before the winter’s frost comes. No noise comes.Polly holds the glass. My lips are still slack, but I suck inward. It is a sip. I drink, although I am not thirsty. AsPolly returns the glass to the night table, she tips my vase of flowers onto the floor.

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