A Shade Lighter than Shoe Polish by Shelby Kern
Brains belong on shelves. If a brain is on a shelf it can read up and gain further knowledge like how to escape from a jar. Flounders are not known for their affection. ‘Cold fish’ is a common insult thrown by jilted lovers. Maybe humanity needs to understand the love of fish. Wonder how she ends up covered in grease? Shelby must be working on restoring her classic cars, specifically the Mitsubishi Gallant. That’s a classic. Memorize the planets. Find the one that is right for you.
Sandalwood and lemongrass is the natural smell of the well-off. When someone smells nice that means they are ‘affluent’ or ‘have their act together’. Normally I smell like a sloth. Humans generally give off strange odors. The smell of nail polish terrifies me. Can nail polish be considered a weapon? I love how nail polish looks. You have the colors of the rainbow on your fingertips with nail polish.
We are pieces of art. People say to me ‘You’re a piece of work’ and I thank them. My life is my art. I love complements. Of course I’m being insulted. My positivity sets me free of their sarcasm. Shelby has fantasies of horrible things. I have fantasies of being a real boy one day. I am a sloth living in a man’s world.
A name in cookie dough must be eaten. It does not matter if cooked or uncooked. Cookie dough is always sweet like you. Unfortunately the relationship is not sweet at all. Relationships can be rough. Holding hands in public is a big step. PDA is looked down upon in many cities across the world. She demands to knit colorful items for the children. Hope the kids don’t need them. There is so much joy in the world.
Gumballs are currency to children. They use it to purchase other things, like money and food. Back when I was young gumballs were only a nickel. How things have changed. Love is strange, when you’re stranger. Knowing more and more about people makes it difficult to relate. Instant connections are easier, there is no commitment. It is when you truly make an effort to get to know someone that it can be hard. What do you say when that other person knows you so well?
Thumbelina is a great movie. That movie changed my life. Man where do I begin with Thumbelina. So great is that movie spellcheck recognizes it as a word. Indeed watch it if you wonder what you want to do with your life. Now I know: I want to be so small, like Thumbelina. She’s a cute cartoon character.
It ends, like all things do, in the attic. Attics are nostalgia rooms. Families store their nostalgia in those rooms. You go up and look how things used to be. You wonder whether or not it’ll ever be that good again. Shelby wants to make a new beginning in the attic. She understands one has to defeat dwelling on the past. Soar into the future. Use a cape.