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He Wonders What It Will Take

Published by TETER | Sunday, July 26, 2015 3:39 AM


I'm irrationally jealous of stuffed animals that look like they've been around a time or two. The following is 100 words.


I was hard on toys,” she says.
“Especially dolls and teddy bears. The things
that matter most to me . . .
I’ve never trusted they would last.”

She swirls her spoon
in her coffee.
She doesn't look up.

“I abused the toys I loved.
I pulled off the arms and ears,
the buttons. I treated them
like shit. The ones that lasted,
I love forever.”

He thinks of the bears and lions
he’s seen in her bedroom,
scarred survivors of her uncertainty:
one-armed, blind, unstuffed. Deeply loved.

He waits for what comes next.
His nose and eyes intact, he remains untested.



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