Allegory of the Woman from Earth1 min read

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There was a woman who sprouted from dirt in a busy playground. She rose upside down, soles first. The children there placed cotton in the webbing of her toes and painted her nails. For a while it seemed the earth was giving birth to a keyboard. But a woman always surprises. When her head had finally broken through, she recounted a story about the netherworld: its zigzagging glass buildings, its derivatives and vaults; there was a man whose duty it was to count everything you owned, down to the last molecule; and a crone who enforced a dress code of business formal. The woman said, “If I look worn, if I look distraught, it is because of the way I have been fed.” The children understood. In their own little town, bankers were a kind of ghost: suited things in striped ties always walking upright. Whenever music played, they slipped into small curls of air and disappeared. In front of paintings, they resorted to measuring the frames. And if you planted them, the only thing to grow would be a smoke chute. The woman, realizing the futility of her escape, placed herself into an old photo of light and dark. The children hung her on the roundabout and continued to play.

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