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I awoke in Bangkok, swathed in Swedish duvet, aroused by the scent of happy hibiscus from Korean vases, to chatter, drifting in with the wind from Englishmen next door, swearing in German at hangovers consigned by Russian vodka. Hunger, gnawing at preferences, French croissants, with classic Seville orange marmalade. Imperial Maybelline, pit-a-pat on Persian rugs … Continue reading

Four Rooms

Day one: don’t be afraid, they’re just pills, but an hour later emotions swarmed, buzzing terror, wrenching gut and nowhere to go but in the shadows, where bliss played hedonist at my expense. Day two: deja vu, the sweet shone through but the vessel collapsed, exhausted from cavorting in the light. Day three: torrential tears, … Continue reading

Santa! Down Here.

The sticky, candy-coated popcorn, that’s what he bought, when he got luck. Those little packs of sticky came with a balloon. Reds, orange, yellow and blues, hope, but there’s only one in each. A pack of six, balloons, that is, sealed in plastic, held together with card and steel clips, in three square inches, that’s … Continue reading

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