Storied Storage

By | 1 February 2020

“We can’t afford everyday life anymore, and I’m voting
on that.” (Street interview, Bob Woodward, Fear)

You wake up, stare through the smog, spot the bicycles
jamming the high-rise balconies: whatever you choose
to cheer you up. After this, nothing will be over the top.
Bikes will save us during extended power failures once
we figure out how to get them to the ground. But weather
on balconies doesn’t hoist or heist mathematical seasons
or mechanical reasons, so good luck on your way to
the street. Even if it’s under water.

You can say anything now: it depends on how floored
we are by your story. E.g.: The probability of a woman
becoming pregnant from a single randomly-timed act
is about 3%. Credibility is in the details you include
in the description of each lonely instance, and this relies
hugely on what we find most or least memorable:
“Nothing mattered. Then it blew over.”

Disparities between plot & narrative hang on causality.
If we could train SUVs to swim upstream like semen
and perhaps park themselves away from current affairs,
the transitive drama of everyday life might provoke them
to carry us away from consequences instead of forever
having to cloak everything in grief & mystery because
our best excuses are getting a little rusty.

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