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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
8:16 pm
[jaylake]
Assymmetry
Assymmetry

The assymmetry was beautiful. Biglobular, vaguely pear shaped, reminsicent of nothing so much as a GM peach on steroids. Or perhaps oestrogen. He reached to touch the fuzz when the first shock came.

"First, the truth."

Ah, that, he thought. Always the truth first. And by the time you were done with that, who cared about splitting open a peach?

(Word "Assymmetry" suggested somewhat improbably by danjite)
Sunday, July 16th, 2006
7:59 pm
[jaylake]
Sedulous
Sedulous

In sedulous pursuit of the improbable, Elmer achieved the merely likely. He wondered what it might mean even as he determined the chase had not been worth the candle.
Saturday, June 10th, 2006
7:12 pm
[jaylake]
Ranch
Ranch

We plant their seeds in the red-dirt ground, water them with oil, watch over them through screens of window glass, furrow their mounds with chrome strips torn from old Studebakers, and wait patiently for their rusted ends to emerge from the ground like infant Daikonu on the prowl.
Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
8:45 pm
[jaylake]
Pizzle
Pizzle

He got all shizzle in the pizzle, so I had to nizzle his nozzle. Word up.
Sunday, June 4th, 2006
8:49 pm
[jaylake]
Scrutable
Scrutable

The scrutable man walks into town armed with a nine iron and a tagged coronavirus. The scrutable man buys a drink for every woman in the Rain Drop Inn. The scrutable man haggles price with a used car dealer, then kills the poor bastard and stuffs him in the trunk of an old Ford Fairmont. The scrutable man sets fire to the Piggly Wiggly. The scrutable man leaves town hanging from a box car on the UP. The scrutable man is eaten by wolves, who die of his illness. The scrutable man lives forever.
Saturday, June 3rd, 2006
9:55 am
[jaylake]
Succulent
Succulent

When preparing the succulent, one must be sure to strip the spines and leathery integument with care. A leather gag will suffice to blunt the teeth, though spray foam might be preferred if the screams are troublesome. The watery flesh will sear well in the pan. Do not forget that the xylem requires additional seasoning before it is generally palatable.
Thursday, May 25th, 2006
10:02 pm
[jaylake]
Re-education
Re-education

Re-education is never a good thing. Whoever wants you to go through it has no one's best interests at heart. Whoever leads your cadre is bent beyond imagining. Whoever graduates, if anyone does, has been leached of individuality and spirit. Embark on re-education at your peril. Better to flee to the wilderness and die eating poisoned berries.
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
9:47 pm
[jaylake]
Stress
Stress

Stress is the great cultivar of our civilization, the true product of technology and efficiency and everything that's been done since a hairy man first traded spear for hoe. Try living without and see what happens. Metals stress, people stress, cultures stress. The opposite would be boring.
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
10:05 pm
[jaylake]
Harbinger
Harbinger

The harbinger rides a bone horse with snakeskin armor and fire in its eyes. The harbinger herself is almost always an ordinary woman, with hair the color of mice and skin like old paper. It is not her appearance, nor even her steed, that drives people from their homes and rats from the barns. It is the words she shouts, syllables so mighty that they crack her teeth, raising winter from the deep-buried stones to lie hard across the land and starve the world.
Sunday, May 21st, 2006
8:45 pm
[jaylake]
Cooling tower
Cooling tower

Like a giant mug set down by God as He rummaged for a mountain knife it sat along the banks of Columbia. Perhaps it once steamed, but not in my years here. Home only to ospreys and gulls, lost to the purpose once intended for it, the cooling tower felt the final flash of fire before dancing with gravity. Gravity always wins.
Saturday, May 20th, 2006
8:52 pm
[jaylake]
Faluting
Faluting

I tried high faluting once, but I just fell off. Low faluting worked better, but it's embarassing. Especially when you run out of Crisco. In the end I had to settle for middle faluting. It left me satiated but wanting more. Which I suppose is the point. I wish I owned one of the franchises. We should all be so lucky.
Friday, May 19th, 2006
8:51 pm
[jaylake]
Fusillade
Fusillade

The fusillade will fit better if you stand in silhouette to the defile from which it erupts. This is an important moment in a man's life, your death, to be specific, and those bullets won't find you by themselves. So pay attention, smile for the cameras, and accept immortality as it is stitched into your flesh like raindrops in old clay.

(Word "Fusillade" suggested by Mainspring)
Thursday, May 18th, 2006
4:55 pm
[jaylake]
Encyst
Encyst

We encyst our worlds in screens of light and fire, crackling noise in the invisible night. The black sun sucks the day from the horizon, while the egg of will quivers gelid and semiconscious as an eye the size of the moon slides open to stare out at us.
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
9:20 pm
[jaylake]
Taximeter Cabriolet
Taximeter Cabriolet

The taximeter cabriolet glows with the coruscating citrine radiance of the gods themselves. It comes, motorized pyschopomp, to carry me beyond life. I need only place two coppers in the farebox and I shall be lifted to paradise. But wait, I died in my other pants! Oh, help! How shall I cross the Styx Viaduct? Don't make me take the bus!
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
9:47 pm
[jaylake]
Waspish
Waspish

Waspish, the queen rose from her bath of lacquer. Drones wrapped her in parchments stripped from ancient books of law and lore. Artisans renewed the obsidian inlays which graced the arch of her abdomen. Her eyes glittered like diamonds in the light of the black sun of night. Waspish, she pulled herself to the Great Comb of the audience chamber to see the first of her unlucky petitioners. Waspish, she was beautiful.

(Word "Waspish" suggested by bibliothec after seeing this photo)
Monday, May 15th, 2006
8:42 pm
[jaylake]
Natality
Natality

Natality shows the mettle of every woman and man, the navel from which they sprang and the grave to which they travel, spiraling ever inward on some unseen omphalos bequeathed from their mother's mother's mother through the miracle of mitochondrial DNA and the plastic dance of genes.
Thursday, May 11th, 2006
8:39 pm
[jaylake]
Porcine
Porcine

Porcine is best made with the aid of a flesh-press and several gallons of lye. Proper ferment is essential to creating that tangy meat aftertaste on top of the mellow smoothness so prized by the hill tribes of Lower Galance. Tarragon is optional, as is the bone infusion, but if you would be well thought of in the Viridian Court, you should cultivate a taste for both in your porcine.
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
5:17 am
[jaylake]
Podiatrist
Podiatrist

The podiatrist walks on silver feet. Each toe is a different exotic weapon, ranging from a weighted nanowire garotte to several micrograms of antimatter encased in a metastable skein of frozen neutrinos. She is dangerous enough to kill a planet, and skilled enough to soothe a child's hurts.
Monday, May 8th, 2006
7:32 pm
[jaylake]
Desuetude
Desuetude

We fell into desuetude, a state which required considerable input of hallucinogens, some stout rope, and eleven tubs of Crisco in order for us to extract ourselves. It's a bitch, this life, but then who else gets to drive the original steam calliopeliner coast-to-coast?
Saturday, May 6th, 2006
7:46 pm
[jaylake]
Ersatz
Ersatz

The ersatz is a rare bird, with plumage visible only on moonless nights, and eyes black as diamonds at the bottom of the ocean. Its call is nearly indistinguishable from the death-cry of a cuttlefish, while the patterns of its flight mimic the racing of moondogs across the mountain-toothed horizon. The ersatz is everywhere you never expect it to be, and is almost always taken as a substitute for something else.
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