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Bob Heman


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Unzips the sleeping bear and climbs inside.




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There are rules: you must be quiet, you must not touch, you must allow the trees to enter the room where you sleep.




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Holds within his hands (as an offering) a crystal orb or a cross of gold or some luscious fruit or a leather strap for his punishment. These are the only stories we can imagine. Behind the page something else is stirring.




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The machine no longer worked. After that the trees always stood in one place.




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Wonders how her parents made the small decisions that shaped their lives and brought her to this moment when she is older than they ever were.




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You'll get there slightly faster if you're in the first car but you won't be able to get out until the last car arrives.




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There were doors that reached down to the seashore. And others that touched the forest or sky. They did not know where the bees went, or why the bears hesitated to follow. Each time the machine was started it started to change. When they pulled on the rope there was a different building for them to enter.




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There was a reason he wanted her to punish him but he would not tell her what it was. This was the first room they would enter together.




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The machines treat each of them differently. If there are birds the distance becomes larger. The water never weighs the same.




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No words new enough.




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“Watch your mouth, dear, or I’ll take you upstairs.” The reality of “upstairs” never what is expected.




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In order for it to work the container must dissolve. In order for it to work the floor must be flat. In order for it to work there must be no light. In order for it to work there must be more than three.




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He gets extra points if he can make her laugh.




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There will not be enough food. There will be too many bears. There will be a light they must follow, and stairs they cannot reach. There will be a woman filled with leaves.




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They entered the garden only to find themselves already there. The animals were the same animals they had always imagined. There was a building of some sort, and in front of it a well. What was pulled from the well surprised them every time.




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They carried their clothes in an old barrel that they had found someplace. They added the sky when they realized it was night.



BOB HEMAN remembers the distance but now seldom leaves the page.
 
 
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