If the color matches her fingernails, she wants to please you. If it matches her
toenails she is bored. If it matches her underwear she is interested in other men.
Whatever she says you will watch her lips. They may not agree with the words they
release. They may ask for your handkerchief. Your tongue. Your life.
If you forget to look away as she replaces this delicate, confusing membrane,
intimate and whispering in its own confessional languages, she may cling and desperately marry.
Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days currently being published in serial @ Silenced Press everyday in 2013. Tunneling to the Moon draws from fairy tales, a condescending of a 1938 Social Studies reader for 6th grade, an 1890 handbook on marital compatibility, numerous annoying educational advancement studies, the myths and legends of third-world countries and minority peoples, frequent conversations with Crows, Owls and a wide variety of underground inhabitants, insects and the people who collect them, Joseph Cornell, Günter Eich, Russell Edson, the French Surrealist poets, the Quay Brothers, letterpress printing, and the author’s inability to channel his imagination linearly. There’s still time to catch up. Refer to the Burrow Guide.