Aberration Labyrinth ISSN 2179-8805
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MAKING THE ROUNDS Jeffrey Park Hello in there, do you hear us tapping at your door? We’ve come for a visit, we’re so eager to talk to you. We want to make sure all’s well with you, mind and body, body and soul. A quick look around the place, help us help you allay our worries. Everything neat and clean and spic and span, no clutter, no potentially upsetting or inappropriate materials? Not that we don’t feel silly for asking. Come grandfather, come children, unlock the door, welcome us into your happy domicile. Don’t keep us waiting, don’t tax our patience. We don’t want to huff and puff and carry on and make a scene. See, there’s no threat or coercion in our voices. We just tap gently, respectfully with the battering ram, careful not to damage the paint. Tap, tap. Tap, tap. You know we know you’re there.
I had arms once like you and eyes and lips, nipples, skin, fat, cuticles, tendons, nerve endings – human things, animal things, decaying blood-pumping things, a body just like, quite like yours. I think I liked it in some odd way before it was taken from me, peeled away, burned up, purified – like you, not knowing any better I was afraid at first, worried something would get lost in the translation. But my fears were misplaced. I can assure you now that I don’t miss it, and you won’t either, won’t miss it at all. In fact, soon enough you won’t even remember how missing something goes. PLATITUDES Jeffrey Park Banal things people say like don’t worry, his bark is worse than his bite or wake up and smell the coffee tea sausage gravy or if they don’t want to learn our damn dialect they should pack the hell up and go the hell back to where they came from where their parents came from where everybody talks gibberish like them or I guess this is the last time we’ll ever see each other which was true. © This work is the property of the individual authors within.
Here is the long-awaited Issue #008 of AL magazine.