Someone is talking to the king right now, I think to myself as I walk home at 8 pm.
Someone is talking to the president too.
I wonder if they have a therapist. Maybe they have the same one. I wonder if the therapist is so full of secrets that they will explode and become pink mist. Apparently that’s what they call people who have exploded.
I wonder if it would make the news. Probably not, because there would be too many people taking trains, and buses, and planes to go to the place where the therapist exploded. To pick up all those little pink secrets. They would shove them in their pockets like you do with confetti after a concert. You think that you will remember the songs and the dancing and the hot guitarist every time you look at the confetti. In reality, it ends up at the bottom of some backpack, with a piece of gum and a receipt from two years ago.
But I don’t really think about the confetti.
I think about the king. and the person he is talking to.
don’t they feel bizarre? and alone?
Have they been to the supermarket? Have they ever put frozen spring rolls and ice cream into one of those plastic bags that is supposed to slow down the thawing? Have they then sometimes felt lazy and instead thrown in everything with everything? Have they ever taken the little yellow cubes of yeast and carefully placed them in a breast pocket so as to keep them safe and far away from all the much heavier and harder packages? Do they know that tomatoes always go on top? and that the pot of basil gets to be carried by hand all the way to the kitchen? Do they know how hard it is to go to the supermarket when you are hungry?
I think about the king as I walk home at 8pm. I think about the king and all his secrets and the poor therapist who may have exploded.