[Fiction] Twenty-Nine Point Two Percent of the Planet is Land
Lydia spent half the darknight under the hot uncomfortable bedcovers sleepless turn this way that maybe sleep but no wrong wrong turn that way then parse the sentence she had not been ever told so bluntly to no turn that way the covers are—creepy all creepy—to behave like a—damn the sheet how is this sheet hot hot—to behave as a child is this way and that told no not just told but ordered to—many get up no not get up getting up is giving behave Lydia behave you are just a—no not to give in to the sleep thieving damp covers dark can’t see—a parrot—they would not smother me down so if I was—a parrot—no—hot they say, they do, the same they says everything says get up and do something if—a parrot—no—if you are a—no wide awake in the clock—the parrot point out in the pet shop the zoo here that cage there those cages we’re riding by boxes with billions of plants planted how man; lessee time quick—ten blades of grass parrots per square centimeter signed contracts binding by law very binding one hundred thousand blades of grass parrots playing for people per square meter many over many more big pianos playing for people simultaneous centipede-meter funny funny one hundred trillion blades of grass per talking parrot playing piano for people according to binding contract plus; total surface area of planet earth be yon quite Godlike number of 5.1 * 10^8 km2 Godlike qua Father qua qua Son qua qua qua Holy Ghost to some, Spirit to others depending on this and depending on that see, My Son, this topic by no means be simply done deah’. You are way over what I would pay someone who is doing no more than the world’s best talking parrots. Twenty-nine point two percent of the planet is land. You are way over what. Of this land about twenty percent is grass. I would pay someone who. This means the surface area of. Is doing no more than the world’s best. This means the surface area of all grass areas combined is. Talking parrots. 5.1 * 10^8 km2 * 29.2% *20% =. You are way over what I would pay someone who is doing no more than the world’s best talking parrots. Twenty-nine million km2. You are way over what I would pay someone who is doing no more than the world’s best talking parrots. This amounts to. You are way over what I would pay someone who. Blades = 10^11 blades of grass / km2 =. Is doing no more. 3*10^18 blades of grass. Than the world’s best. This is roughly four hundred eighteen million. Talking. Blades of grass per person. Parrots. Alive. Shake Lydia. Hey. Parrot Lydia. Get—why—how long. Who. Shake Lydia hey parrot Lydia shake parrot Lydia alive hey. Lydia. Sunlight. You been asleep down here all night?
Uh—Lane—a table a room the light’s on there’s Lane.
You okay Lydia? Wake up, it’s nine already.
Huh—oh—I—oh I couldn’t sleep I came down.
You never can sleep. Why couldn’t you sleep.
Jim Meirose’s short work has appeared in numerous venues, and his published novels include “Understanding Franklin Thompson” (JEF pubs), “Sunday Dinner with Father Dwyer” (Optional books) and “The Box” (Scarlet Leaf Press). Info at jimmeirose.com.