Thursday, June 27, 2013

From the Empirical Archives: Drought Conditions by Travis Laurence Naught

Drought Conditions
Travis Laurence Naught
Originally published in the December 2012 issue of Empirical

Mouths take thoughts and juice them like rocks to create just enough residual moisture to make it
through the cactus lined desert.

Oranges would make better fare, especially mixed with strawberries and bananas in a blender with ice
to cool down the internal fire that drives these thirsty words, but those are not available in Washington
State any more . . . only Florida.

Put some in the mail and see if the miles dehydrate through evaporation process soaked envelopes sent
with the intent to keep a person healthy during unavoidable downtimes that are borderline required to
process all of the new information gathered.

Given that everything is even and those distances still provide a satiated feeling unlike any found at the
bottom of beer bottles, gin and tonics as well as so many other mixed beverages, then there is no
reason to quit pulling frustrated suckles.

Mental pebbles are not the same as a refreshing in person drink, but sometimes lying to oneself by
tasting the spit off of gravel is enough to get by.

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