Saturday, July 12, 2008


He washes himself with a small buckets and handfuls of freezing water. A bar heater bleats out useless air on the shelf near his head. He shivers somehow deeper into his skin, crouches to ball himself up into something more like a hibernating creature, something more adaptable to helplessly futile conditions. He years to put himself to sleep, to see out this bitter winter.

Like a slingshot his mind shoots back over the Southern Ocean, back to gladly grassed mountains. Back to Patagonian air. He unveils this memory—a treasure he's been hoarding, holding out for the unbearable. The knowledge that he'll never make it back. The water gets so hold it goes boiling hot. Out his tiny window is white. Nothing but white.

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