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There's a clock on the wall. It's five p.m.

He comes to my cell with a tray.

I’m innocent. I haven't done anything wrong, I tell him.

Judge thought otherwise, he says. Brought your dinner.

What is it, I ask.

There’s a parfait glass on the tray.

What’s it look like.

It looks like lime Jell-O salad, I say.

Eat. While it's cold, he says.

With what. There's no fork. No spoon.

Cain't give ya anything metal, he says.

A plastic spoon. Or a plastic fork.

Cain't give ya that neither, he says. You can take plastic. Heat it, cool it. Turns hard as crystal. Hard as something could cut through a heart.

So what do I do.

Eat with your fingers. Quit talkin' and eat. Your lime Jell-O salad's startin' to run.

At eight the next morning he comes to my cell.

Breakfast, he says. You want bacon or sausage.

Really, I ask.

No, he…

Sonnet of the WeekMay 23, 2020

On the Occasion of One Hundred Thousand Deaths

The number pains my eyes, my ears, my heart,
Each one’s a person—a daughter or son,
A husband, a wife—too soon to depart.

When life’s just numbers, the culture has died.

In the beginning was Satan and his name was Satan
And Satan held the Word and by the Word Man gained flesh.
Satan brought the Word and the word was Not
And Eden sloughed away from the body of the Man,
Reduced to atoms.
Man beheld his nakedness for the first time
And he hid behind a tree in shame
And Satan acted surprised
When Man began to look about him with suspicion.
Now beneath the tree…

News for Noders

SciFiQuest 3020 is ongoing.

May 1: May day.

May 4: May the Fourth be with you!

May 10: Happy birthday BIII!

May 10: Mother's day in the USA.

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April 30: SciFiQuest 3020 starts today.

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March 1st: The Prosenoder's Cup 2020 starts today! (Late starts may still report to the line by visiting Keppni Hrossa: An E2 Proseproduction and reserving a title.)

March 6th: Happy birthday Wifey!

March 14th: Pi day.

March 15th: Midnight today is the last chance to post in, and vote on, the Prosenoder's Cup 2020.

March 19th: The first equinox of the year.

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February 29: Happy birthday Browncoat!

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January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 1: ReQuest 2020 begins!

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