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PAPER CUTS FROM THE PAGES OF LEVITICUS

by jamie witherby​

PAPER CUTS FROM THE PAGES OF LEVITICUS

by jamie witherby​

“Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain shouldn’t make you scream. At least that’s what Father used to tell me.”

I’m walking with closed arms, clutching the diesel mug to my collarbones. You know how people say things can warm your heart? That’s bullshit. Even with a scorching coffee melting into my chest, my heart is arctic and still.

It doesn’t make sense for me to pass the church on the way to the cemetery, but I know that I will. I do a lot of things that don’t make sense. But I’m perfectly sane, thank you very much. I just like the way the church looks in the morning with its reflective rainbow glass, and I like the way it feels in the morning with its illuminated wooden door. The door is smoother, warmer. The perfect morning wood.

My fingers are tingling with heat just thinking about it, so I slip them out of my gloves and into my mouth, loosely gripping each digit with my tongue. I have a lovely tongue: long, strong, and Himalayan pink. I should use my lovely tongue to do wise things, like confess my sins or speak His word. At least that’s what Father used to tell me.…[READ MORE]

“Sundays make me bleed. It hurts more now than it used to, but I still rub the tender skin between my fingers to try to remember what topical pain feels like. Physical pain shouldn’t make you scream. At least that’s what Father used to tell me.”

I’m walking with closed arms, clutching the diesel mug to my collarbones. You know how people say things can warm your heart? That’s bullshit. Even with a scorching coffee melting into my chest, my heart is arctic and still.

It doesn’t make sense for me to pass the church on the way to the cemetery, but I know that I will. I do a lot of things that don’t make sense. But I’m perfectly sane, thank you very much. I just like the way the church looks in the morning with its reflective rainbow glass, and I like the way it feels in the morning with its illuminated wooden door. The door is smoother, warmer. The perfect morning wood.

My fingers are tingling with heat just thinking about it, so I slip them out of my gloves and into my mouth, loosely gripping each digit with my tongue. I have a lovely tongue: long, strong, and Himalayan pink. I should use my lovely tongue to do wise things, like confess my sins or speak His word. At least that’s what Father used to tell me…​READ MORE]

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