When the Dead Outnumber the Living

When the dead outnumber the living they will spill forth from purgatory and come back to

reclaim their condos.  They will take back their steak knives, they will uncork your

vinegared wines and ask why you paid good money for this shit.  They will make you start

over as their slaves, building a new tomorrow from the ground up thinking this time

everything will be different.  In their honour, you will be forced to build the ultimate

condo, a tower over the land that blocks out the sun and kills the neighbourhood grass. 

The dead will reside there, and the living will serve the dead.  They will make you play

Yahtzee and sustain you with watered down Tang.  You will dither away your time

perfecting complicated drink orders and complimenting them on how hip they are until

they die from the boredom of being and staying thin.

 

When the dead finally fall apart, you will have to clean up the mess.  The condo will be left

as a monument for the twice dead. 

 

Then the sands will part and swallow it whole.

Published online June 01 2011.


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This piece was published in ‘Online Imagination,’ the Summer 2011 issue of CV2.

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