Shadow stories

Shadow stories

The aliens told shadow stories and laughed like men
The aliens played dead and cried like women
The aliens brushed the dust of the earth off their disco ball skin and flew away
The people drew pictures in caves and dreamed about the shadow stories in a deep sleep of ages
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Eat it too

Nations fall off the earth like cheap plastic decorations  on dry icing

Chocolate
The kind that hurts the pit of your stomach – not homemade

To keep warm out in space the people huddle around one of the candles
that flings hot wax on stars and asteroids as they hurdle through space on a metaphor for insignificance

Someone digs a hole and lowers a platform with picks and chisels to harvest the icing

Suddenly the candle goes out
They sit in the cold darkness holding their stomachs ,rocking back and forth in a way that mimics the tides and rhythms of life they left behind
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