Share Your Fears With Mine by Sarah Jean Alexander
Dead fish liter the sidewalk. Baltimore is full of dead fish. The harbor brings in the dead fish every day. Sarah collects the dead fish using dog waste bags. Eventually the dead fish decide to leave her stinky apartment. Obviously the dead fish are the ones who created the smell, but the dead fish do not realize it. Fish generally lack self-awareness, and dead fish lack life overall. Sarah looks at the pretty monuments dedicated to the beautiful dead fish before taking a walk.
Eating dead birds typically is not recommended. In spite of Sarah’s experience, normally dead birds do not taste very pretty. Cats love the taste of dead birds and bring them to their families. Humans really don’t understand their pets desire to lord over dead creatures. It is a control thing. With animals feeling the pain of ownership, the way they counteract this feeling is to basically rule over the dead. Toys are obviously dead. But the recently dead, they were once alive and maybe through attention can be brought into the living world once more. It is a hope, a hopeless hope, but animals need to believe in something and that something cannot be humans.
Shrubs are depressed trees. They try to grow so tall. Yet they fail. Nature doesn’t nurture shrubs enough. Shrimps of the plant world, they grow deep into the ground, hiding their sexy roots. Maybe one day a tree and shrub shall start a family. However such an event seems less likely than sunflower stop signs. Though technically cities are concrete jungles, they only grow the inanimate, not the animate.
Walls of stone can be created without doing a thing. Stones want to build walls together. People enjoy putting the stones together. Unfortunately people don’t always put the right stones together. Every field contains these really smart sensitive stones. After being allowed to put them together, the freedom builds a stronger wall. Humans impose on nature, but nature generally knows the best way to bring everything together. Nature has been around before people and will continue to be around long after humanity has vanished. Sarah understands nature.
Forgotten people move away. Life is littered with these forgotten people. Sometimes they lack memorability. To be really memorable one must do something grand. Leaving people is hard. People leaving, that’s easy. The world has so much space. Why not occupy other parts of it, far away from anywhere in particular. Sarah figures that when people aren’t around her they no longer exist.
It ends with a romance that does not reek of fish. They collect dead animals once more and the stones guide the way.