Leper

Previous I’ve been walking in the city more this year.  Reports suggest my activity within the walls has increased 34.29% over the previous eighteen months, and noticing this trend has not affected the rate of increase. It is not quite forbidden for me to do so, of course.  Very little is forbidden me. Most people …

Bluebird

A fragment of the sky flutters down to rest on the branch of a berry bush. “Bluebird,” I whisper.  The bird bobs as the wind lifts it, and regards me without fear.  It’s a young one, just out of its first molt.  The forest will bleed when I take such a young heart from it… …