I Don’t Know I’m Thirsty

Not-only-the-thirstyI trudge. Through pain.

Although it’s yours, Clete, it sticks to me like sap; surrounds me like fog. Confined to gray, muffled days, we’re jammed in a jar with the lid screwed on. We shouldn’t waste air, you’re right. Suck it up…suck it up. But! I need to say it.

We. are. oxygen. deprived!

I’m sorry I said it, and maybe we will die a little death or a great big one because I’ve said it, but look. Can you see the living ones, outside the glass, breathing big air? Saying impossible things like the water is beautiful today. My tongue is heavy, so I spit. Patooey for what? My bones swell in sympathy for yours. Pieces of days wane into broken nights before we hit San Francisco where gray water turns blue when the lid comes off!

Mmm. We drink close-mouthed in a room by the bay, tongue-tied for speech. Ice chips salvage your throat. A perfectly flimsy cup of cool water finds me. We begin to recover.

This is to glory

Filling faithless hearts with a

Cup of cool water


15 thoughts on “I Don’t Know I’m Thirsty

  1. You lead the reader to water but don’t make them drink. Wonderfully written, giving the reader only enough to make out a story themselves.

    1. Thanks Maddie. Screwy pain messes up so much. If it doesn’t resolve, at least he says he’ll be 1st in line for next operation instead of exhausting everything and everyone else beforehand. Hope your chatty class doesn’t damage your eardrums this year. 😊

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