Monday, November 08, 2010

A Barcode and a Zebra: MicroFables about Love, the Internet, and Unicorn Horns


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A unicorn and a unicycle meet each other at a party. If only you had a horn, the unicorn says.

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A kitchen counter dissatisfied with love, sets out to explore the world. It learns to know the love of forests, hurricanes, hunger, and the arbitrary rule of kings. Now I know everything, it says. Everything but the kitchen sink, the kitchen sink says.

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A fisherman sails out to the sea. We are waiting for you to catch us, some small fish say, so we can forgive you.

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A whale sighs. With one eye, I see the west; with the other, I see the east, but I can’t see myself with either. Tell me about it, a mirror says.

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We see only what is beneath us, the rain says. True, says the king.

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I remember how the swift movements of legs created me, the run says. No matter how fast they go, they will never leave me, it says.

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A barcode and a zebra meet each other in the schoolyard. They have nothing to say to each other.

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Two eyes walk into an office and tell the receptionist, We would like to see the future. Just wait, she says.

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An ant and the sun were boyfriend and girlfriend. You think I am being distant, but it’s only because I am so small, the ant says. OK, then let me look at you through a magnifying glass, the sun replies.

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The internet is unhappy. Information doesn’t really love me, it says. It’s just using me.

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All dogs are really cats, the cat says. That’s why they chase their own tails.

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A finish line is complaining to a pot of gold. They walk all over me, the finish line says. Just don’t let them get to you, the pot of gold says.
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A root and some black pepper are talking. I will be ground when I grow up, says the pepper. When I grow up, I lose ground, the root says.

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A lie and the truth are standing at a bus stop. You won’t believe what I’m going to tell you, the lie says.

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(A few microfables for teens that I'm working on.)

4 comments:

Eccentric Scholar said...

These are gorgeous!

Tom Beckett said...

Bravo.

gary barwin said...

Thanks!

There was a unibrow and a tweezers walking together in the park...

gary barwin said...
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