“The Struggle” – Part Eight

by Mark Essem

JACK’S ROOM – NIGHT

(Jack is lying on the bed, reading the book about setting goals and positive thinking. He gets a piece of paper and starts making a list of goals.)

“1 – stop and stay off drugs and alcohol; 2 – Math and English; 3 – job; 4 – Own place; 5 – driving licence.”

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“The Struggle” – Part Seven

by Mark Essem

AT LIBRARY – DAY

(Jack goes into the library and becomes a member, then goes and looks at some books. He picks up a book about alcohol addiction, 12 steps and drug addiction. He then goes and sits down in the corner, away from everyone, and starts reading.)

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“The Struggle” – Part Six

by Mark Essem

AT THE LIBRARY – DAY

(Jack goes into the library and becomes a member then goes and looks at some books he picks up a alcohol addiction 12 steps and drug addiction he then goes and sits down in the corner away from everyone and starts reading.)

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“Infirmary” – Part Two

by Steven Anthony George

450 lbs.

Why did God make the insects change themselves from one form to another? Why do they begin as a worm, crawling and eating and crawling and eating, and after, it goes to sleep for a little while and wakes up as something different ─ sometimes something beautiful, like when the caterpillar turns into the butterfly? It’s for reproduction, I think. As the worm, it doesn’t do more than eat and store up energy; then, as a fly, it travels far and wide to find a mate. That’s why one part is crawling and the other part is flying. It can’t fly to find a mate and to find food at the same time; it would die from exhaustion or maybe never find another, because it’s too far away, but instead it does one and then the other, which is a perfect plan.

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“Ritual Space in Nebraska”

by Trista Hurley-Waxali

My field isn’t improving, even after the fancy fertilizer and the engineered-to-spray irrigation. My books show this week to be the lowest crop yield, which means I have to do something quick before I have to worry. I have to find a solution that gives me a field of profit, rather than burden.

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