Counting Sheep Till Doomsday

Carlo Matos

BlazeVOX [books] Buffalo, NY

Counting Sheep Till Doomsday by Carlo Matos Copyright © 2011 Published by BlazeVOX [books] All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced without the publisher’s written permission, except for brief quotations in reviews. Printed in the United States of America Book design by Geoffrey Gatza First Edition ISBN: 978-1-60964-083-5 Library of Congress Control Number: 2011939092 BlazeVOX [books] 76 Inwood Place Buffalo, NY 14209 Editor@blazevox.org

Fate* You’re gonna’ go out. You’re gonna’ start a fight with a bear, and you’re gonna’ lose.

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Fate Sleeping in bed with him–a kiss like a mother–his face bruised by a billboard.

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Fate He’d never been seriously hurt by a knife in a knife storm. It’s the price he paid for living somewhere so dull.

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Fate He was not good at talking dirty–even in another woman’s bed in the dark of her mother’s house splayed by a barn door.

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Fate This litigation (over a botched metamorphosis) would go on forever. He hated lawyers, but who wanted to be halfway to a pterodactyl?

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Fate Elija asked god to send she-bears to tear the teeth from the children who mocked him bald–so many stones pulling the skulls.

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Fate It started with a simple nattering. He rushed to watch a knife in a knife storm krill the darkened lawns.

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