“the world tastes like orange starburst” by Michael Koh

it is 3 am
bruce willis is lightly sleeping
the scalp of bruce willis becomes itchy
bruce willis’ left arm moves to the right
headlights pass by bruce willis’ window
the air bruce willis breathes as bruce willis lightly sleeps is humid and heavy
bruce willis dreams about bruce willis dreaming about bruce willis
the jar of peanut butter that bruce willis bought two days ago is half empty
bruce willis likes bread

it is 10am
the scalp of bruce willis becomes itchy
it is 10am
bruce willis lightly combs his hair
it is 10am
bruce willis watches tv
there is nothing on tv about bruce willis
it is 1pm

bruce willis sees penguins on tv
bruce willis wants to be with penguins on tv
bruce willis wants to be on tv
bruce willis wants to be on tv at 1pm
bruce willis feels hungry
the jar of peanut butter that bruce willis bought three days ago is still half empty
bruce willis still likes bread

bruce willis drinks kombucha
there are flecks of mushrooms wedged between bruce willis’ teeth
it will be eaten soon

bruce willis runs out the door
bruce willis means business
bruce willis is still thinking about penguins

matt damon picks a fight with bruce willis
bruce willis apologizes
matt damon apologizes
bruce willis sprints
matt damon sprints
bruce willis stops
matt damon keeps going
bruce willis feels confused
matt damon continues running
bruce willis cannot see matt damon anymore
matt damon runs at 25 mph

bruce willis meets a penguin at central park
central park is full of penguins
the penguin feels annoyed
bruce willis feels neglected
nine penguins stare at bruce willis
bruce willis wants a penguin
the penguins don’t want bruce willis
bruce willis has a pack of starburst
the penguins want it
it is 5pm

bruce willis walks down madison avenue
there is a bag in bruce willis’ left hand
the forehead of bruce willis perspires and leaves a waxy trail
a heavyset woman waves to bruce willis
bruce willis does not wave back
on principle bruce willis does not wave back
bruce willis does not like talking about banal subjects with people bruce willis hardly knows

it is 3 am
bruce willis is lightly sleeping
the scalp of bruce willis becomes itchy
bruce willis’ left arm moves to the right
bruce willis hits bruce willis’ penguin
bruce willis’ penguin dreams about space

Profile: Michael Koh

*This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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