All the Parts of Things

Another dermatologist, his voice a baritone of confidence, a foghorn, a steady hand, said, “We will be sure to treat this very aggressively. Because it’s the worst thing that can happen to a pretty young woman, her hair falling out.”

I stared at him for a beat too long, my thin brown hair knotting like brows.

“Well, you know,” he grinned and a hand fluttered in front of his face, a butterfly of bashfulness. “One of the worst things.”



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Pictured is a landscape of gray and soft red hills, some smooth, some textured from volcanic eruption. The hills live within a crater that is otherwise flat and desolate, with some steam coming off the background.

Time

Since I do not have enough [but] briefly I’ll summarize beginning [ ]
spinning on a tilt [ ] below Earth’s rotational axis [ ] in search of water ice [ ] on the dual moons of Mars [ ] Phobos & Deimos.


Shot of the top half of a dolphin moving through water. The water is blue/green and the dolphin is a gray color.

Pod

"Was this your plan all along?” Toby asked one night, his chin on my chest. He still smelled faintly of fish, which was how we all smelled these days. “Stealing the dolphin to get Sophia in?”


Side profile of a deer, in focus. In the background, there are green hills and mountains.

Endeavour

My mother asked for what she wanted in her passwords, the typed stars recording without revealing her desires.


From outside, a small section of the world is showing, with part of the United States in light yellow. Against the Atlantic Ocean, swirls of different colored lines connect.

I CAN’T TALK ABOUT OUTER SPACE

at the company banquet; with the velvet drapes drawn; while most here would rather

pretend space is a backdrop painted for earth