Puddles of Desire

Puddles of his desire lie stagnant on the surface of the asphalt. Puddles that ought to have been rivers, or at least out rolling around with some sand inside concrete-mixers. Ought to have been rebuilding what they had destroyed. Flowing, eroding the land, redrawing a new map for once. But a puddle now, and if the earth tilted or it reached a critical mass, it would begin to trickle. But only on a course predetermined. Like a blinko-ball on a rigged gameshow.

Today puddles of his desire lie stagnant on the front porch, trail inside his apartment. His body seems to leak it out as it gets closer to the weekend. Making him feel drained as he entered the empty kitchen, full of fluorescent light. He’d left it on all day. Waste of energy. Nothing to do about it now—who’d enter a room and turn off the light? But energy, and global warming. He turned off the light and opened the fridge, reintroducing a slice of light. To see empty shelves and a single stalk of red kale. Seemed to be too much of the stuff at the beginning of last night’s stirfry, so he’d left out this much. A big, imperialist leaf of kale. Not enough to stave off the inevitability of leaving the apartment this weekend.

He switched on his Machine. The screen’s light filled the room. The screen’s light reflected off the puddles on the floor, and he slipped through one of them into his mindless-media addiction: the all-reality-all-the-time channel:

while southern California continues to burn, monasteries are empty in Burma. Buddhas continue to preside over empty rooms while their students are barefoot in the streets asking for justice.

He flips it. He drinks.

Two years (days) later he leaves to go back to Work, not realizing that he has lost Today.

Puddles of Desire

jbickman

Boulder, United States

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When the moment is lost.

This piece was inspired by Deleuze’s notion that desire is the productive flow of society.

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