Desert Meditations

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Funny how little shifts in the universe upset otherwise stable worlds…

A man in his sixties makes an off-handed remark about wanting to retire some day and dozens of lives shift left two degrees.

A leaf blowing across an abandoned parking lot is snagged, caught by a post jutting up from the asphalt floor below; an adventure into promise shifts ever so slightly right.

A goal-setter looking to improve her odds embarks on a ambitious plan to lose 10 pounds at the same sad time her neighbor walks up the front steps of the brown stone, a pan of ziti in her arms.

He-squirrel, running frantically to catch up with his next sexual partner meets fate at the hands of a passing car, while she runs free to romp and mate again.

Opportunities.
Obstacles.
Misfortune.
Distractions.

Shifting sands, all.
Pitfalls in disguise.
Everywhere!

Buckets of sand shifting, shifting, shifting.
Always shifting.

Another shimmering mirage takes form.

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