My Fear

Because I was afraid of everything, I developed extraordinary powers. I ruined most of my father's home movies by telekinetically stopping down the shutter. The vague and murky pictures seemed to please me. I did not want to be a subject. I was sure my fear would be exposed on the film and the others would know my weakness and attack me and tear me apart. Already they were laughing at me and making me carry their dainty packages. Now I wish I hadn't ruined the films. I wish I had the power to correct the exposure. I wish that everything that is dead would remain dead but I could remember it with infinite acuity.

Their flesh is lovely by the lake. They crowd around the dock and the water spreads all around them. They can only be touched by the water, the miniscule portion of the water that flows against the skin.


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