Hangdog the Carpenter


In this box his world has been sheltered. There are no windows, but there are so
many doors they must all be left open in order to move. Therefore happiness is possible,
if no light from no window in a world of doors forever open to darkness can make you
Build yourself a world and ask him to hold it. Introduce yourself as The King of
Corners. Tell him how difficult it was to build your world around him. Ask him to hold
your flashlight.
When the stars shine at night Hangdog has been inspecting the joints. A tap here, a
tap there, and rust falls from these nails. Where the light comes from that reflects from
their heads is a mystery.
Another box on the table in the living room glows softly in the light pouring in
from the window of this box we call a house. World within world within world . . . Pray
for this day which must end in darkness. Ask him to hold your flashlight.

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 2014 and forthcoming in paperback. Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.