Egghead-Hayseed Wars

“The Silver Missile”

 

You're Gibbs from NCIS on a solo mission in Venice. You don't speak Italian. Every day you sit at a small café and some Italian guy approaches your table and says something incomprehensible in Italian. You're Gibbs. You simply look up and say, “Unsettled. Ask them,” pointing to the cashier. Next day, different Italian guy, different words, different question. You look up from your table, gaze directly in their eyes, and say, “Unsettled. Ask them.”

 

You have to be careful. When you're escaping the cage of your conditioning it can feel like you've decided not only to cut a few classes at college, you've realized you might as well skip the final exams as well while the tsunami of time sweeps over you. Not a good idea. Or it may feel like you've reunited with the dogs you had as a child, and out for a walk, one of them suddenly bolts away onto the pavement, barking at something, which you quickly realize is a lioness escaped from the zoo. Things can become dangerously switched around. You could be on your way back from a Sufi retreat in the country and see a pileup of cars because one of the other adepts has taken the teaching to mean he should switch lanes into opposing traffic on the freeway. Don't you be the one leaping fences! Just do what makes sense, which usually is nothing, besides being normal.

 

I may not speak Italian :: I certainly understand Italian. My cover is linguistic studies. Specifically, how to navigate the simple byways between yes and no. The Italian men were really saying simple things. On the first day at that café, the man approaching me said, “Do you know what time it is?” I said, “Unsettled. Ask them.” The second day, the man approaching my table said, “A little snack? Giving you suicide?” Cryptic. Again I said, “Unsettled. Ask them.”

Later in the afternoon I saw the missile go off between the trees. The sunlight streaming through the leaves almost made me miss my shot. It's a handheld camera, this iPhone, and as I swiveled, the camera wouldn't track. A silver missile, is all I got. The second missile, which surprised me as I turned away, was perfectly caught through my lens as I almost fell over on the forest floor. The streak of the missile, the pretty smooth action of my forearm capturing the bright afterburn, and the silver missile itself.

And there I am in the hay to arrest an insurgency.

 

Sunday's The New York Times had caught my attention. An article entitled, “Feelings Aside, It's Time for a No,” by THE WORKOLOGIST Rob Walker, dated October 1st 2017, swiveled between a lament from A.D., in Cleveland, trying to learn how to politely decline snacks from a co-worker, to a suggested response from the columnist, “You're very nice and I enjoy working with you, but I'm picky about food. I feel bad about having to turn down the tastes and snacks, so, nothing personal, but can we just agree that you don't need to offer me anything?” The endlessly polite people, the Eggheads of Feeling. To them it's all Yes or No, never a diversion :: “Unsettled. Ask them!” pointing out nearby co-workers. I made notes for the Backtalktionary, which occupies much of my time. Years ago I taught a neighborhood girl to say, Hold it! What's the password?” and “Unsettled! There's a pack of electric little phony girls. Ask them!”

 

“do

—You do? Better than I do.

you

—Traveling around. Modestly.

know

—Not in with the in-crowd.

what

—Unsettled. Ask them.

time

—Thlowly. Beautiful perthon!

it

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

is?”

—Maybe I'll get to be.

 

 

“a

—Pay even more! I'm not a snitch!

little

—Something inappropriate.

snack?”

—Unsettled. Ask them.

 

 

“giving

—A cliffhanger! My way!

you

—Traveling around. Modestly.

suicide?”

—Don't include me. After you!

 

That night I went outside a little cautious and bemused at my writing myself into this story. I wondered how that conceit would play itself out. Half a world away the mass shooting in Las Vegas was stupefying everyone expecting their ordinary shows. I smoked half a cigarette beneath a sky partially obscured by clouds, with some stars somehow shining through.

My hotel room suddenly had company. The door had silently been removed, as if by a can opener, and the halls were teaming with dark Italians. It was actually a double room with an adjoining passage, and as I came around the corner, I realized I was pretty safe. People were sleeping all over the hallways, as if they were exhausted soccer players intending to stay there, until a couple of them cautiously, and stealthily, made their way into my room. I backed into the other room to find my cell phone. “I'll call the police!” I said in a loud enough voice. In fact, I dialed “911” hoping that would work. No answer.

One of the men went so far as to collapse on the sofa behind the glass coffee table in the front room and I pushed myself forward to get hold of the sleepwalker. Drug dead, or so it seemed. I grabbed handfuls of black hair to help pull him up, reassured at least one other man was assisting in some way. As we managed to get him into a sitting position, I turned and saw a properly dressed gentleman with the short-cropped hair of hotel security. “See if anybody can do those things,” he said in a half-challenging way.

His words somehow hypnotized me. I went back into the other room to see if anyone had disturbed where I had hid my guns, saw the stack of both cell phones still on the counter where I'd left them, then decided to see if I could dehypnotize myself by using the Backtalktionary.

 

“see

—What we have that you don't.

if

—Far better! Don't laugh.

anybody

What about loafing? You do you!

can

—Booked up. Eat your heart out!

do

—You do? Better than I do.

those

—Allegedly. Not the right time.

things.”

—Back-to-back. At midnight.

 

 

a

—Pay even more! I'm not a snitch!

million

—Not my organizing principle.

responses

—Don't have to do anything.

 

 

pick

—I must be going! Look it up!

one

—It comes from my family.

 

 

never

—There's also a negative side.

say

—It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

that

—It's karma. A bit slow.

 

Hayseeds think they're being whimsical and their whimsy makes them wise. It would be true if it wasn't crap. —Oh, look at the precocious little dumb thing! is what people were really thinking when the hayseed was two years old. In an adult whimsy just makes work for people, and most often it isn't even wise. Maybe on the third or fourth try a whimsical utterance conveys some kernel of truth, either built-in, or somewhere to be eked out. Whatever its source, it's serious work! Meantime, all it's really doing is annoying everybody. Wisdom itself, if that is the intent, can be expressed quite directly. And even poetically.

 

“where

—Sovereign space. Not far.

cometh

—Hey! OUCH. No big deal.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

rain?”

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

 

Femmes fatales understand, on a very deep level, eroticism thrives in ice. It's almost like a recipe: One part ice, two drops meanness, and a touch of anger. Voilà!

The counterpart for males is much the same, though much easier. For a man, you just sense your belly and be yourself. You really, really be yourself. The fish will see that.

 

“you

—Traveling around. Modestly.

melted

Unsettled. Ask them.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

ice!”

Apparently not.

 

A hayseed gets almost nothing right. They're like flotsam on the sea. They hate meaning. And if they do mean something, it isn't pretty. They mistake wordplay for whimsy, or even worse, for sexual innuendo. Underneath their sea is nothing but seething anger, laid out like submerged ice. Treacherous! They're trying to overturn Nature, and it doesn't work.

Ice floats, now doesn't it? When hayseeds string together phony words & phrases, you simply get deep crap snagged in the nets of reason. No fresh fish there! You just get that sinking feeling.

 

“you

—Traveling around. Modestly.

exposed

Also terrible things.

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

mystery.”

—Something inappropriate.

 

 

“I

You're on to something.

thought

—Right! Absolutely. Easy choice.

it

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

was

—Jet lag. Finely nuanced.

magic.”

—Hardly. Quite unnecessary.

 

Listen carefully, from your being. If you have any talent whatsoever, the phonies will try to trick you into being a big shot, or a whale. Then they've got you in their nets. The way out is to pretend you're a minnow in an undersea cathedral, a sovereign space.

 

“jack

—It comes from my family.

of

—Just finish your high school.

all

—Then again. What divides us?

trades,

—Hey! OUCH. No big deal.

master

—No sweat. Either way.

of

—Just finish your high school.

none.”

—Very standard. Intimate.

 

 

“if

—Far better! Don't laugh.

you

—Traveling around. Modestly.

like

—That's funny. Can't really say.

Texas

—Mosquito. No atmosphere.

so

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

much,

—A family business. Privy!

why

Way back. A friend of mine.

don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

you

—Traveling around. Modestly.

move

—Stands over you. A machine.

there?”

—Secret offshore banking.

 

The Silver Missile reenters the atmosphere and plunges into the sea. It doesn't even explode. The first yokel in a fishing boat says, “Is that one as big as yours?” and the second yokel says, “You're lying!”

 

“is

—Maybe I'll get to be.

that

—It's karma. A bit slow.

one

—It comes from my family.

as

—Think so? You GOT me!

big

—Not yet. My place is here.

as

—Think so? You GOT me!

yours?”

—Like crazy! Not the least.

 

 

“you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

lying!”

—It's against my principles.

 

 

a

—Pay even more! I'm not a snitch!

about

—Invisible horses fan out.

account

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

afternoon

—Stick around! One's enough.

age

—Only my psychiatrist knows.

ahead

—Wise up! Back away!

all

—Then again. What divides us?

already

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

always

—Who knows? Prolific.

amaze

—Back in the woods.

an

—Hold it! What's the password?

and

—Going up! So soon?

another

—Way back. A friend of mine.

anybody

What about loafing? You do you!

anyone

—Flow right in. Why not?

anything

—It comes from my family.

app

—I'll bet. Insultingly beautiful.

appointment

—It's riveting. You're strong.

are

—Play tough. Isolated.

around

—Oh, yeah? Says you!

arrogant

—Then again. What divides us?

as

—Think so? You GOT me!

at

—How so? Most of us don't.

attacks

—Right! Absolutely. Easy choice.

back

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

backtalktionary

—Already am. It's dark.

bad

—Beer & sandwich would be nice.

bank

—Look again. Change everything.

bathrooms

—Back in the woods.

be

—But why? Hiding out.

beauty

—By no means, sir! ICYFIRE!

been

—So foolish. Underground.

before

—Loyalty. Experience.

behaving

—Bad timing. Mañana.

being

—Very different. Look away!

belly

—It's brutal. Death by Nature.

bet

—Might have been. It's gone.

Bible

—I think it's easy to overstate.

big

—Not yet. My place is here.

birds

—I know what to do. Do less.

bless

—DOGS, TOO! Just lay low.

blind

—Hey! OUCH. No big deal.

boring

—Sadly. I must be a mirror.

borrow

—Try again. Not what you think.

bothers

—A natural. Very loyal.

break

—I'm sure. Are you a thief?

breath

—So WHAT? My own life.

brother

—Loyalty. Experience.

business

—Who knows? Prolific.

busy

—I did not see it coming.

called

—I know what to do. Do less.

calling

—BACK OFF! Stay back.

can

—Booked up. Eat your heart out!

can't

—Think so? You GOT me!

car

—A family business. Privy!

careful

—I'm sorry. Slightly off.

ceases

—Cheer up! I work nights.

cell

—There's also a negative side.

center

—On the train. Playing games.

cents

—THAT'S YOU! Plenty of them.

change

—Who doesn't? Have faith.

check

—Dead & infected. So much!

child

—Allegedly. Not the right time.

Christmas

—Nowhere near. Many more!

cigarette

—Next to nothing. Reserved.

city

—Booked up. Eat your heart out!

collusion

—It's uncanny. Many options.

come

—By no means, sir! ICYFIRE!

comeback

—Invisible horses fan out.

comebacks

—The sound of the fisherman.

cometh

—Hey! OUCH. No big deal.

comic

—You look me no up?

coming

—Funny that you're interested.

complain

—With no bow and arrow.

complaining

—Earlier. HEALTHIER.

conference

—Back in the woods.

congratulations

Perfect! Can't get enough.

[contempt]

—Avoid entanglements. Suffer!

crazy

—Probably. With employees.

creature

—Hands off! No supervision!

cunt

—That's a lie. Unrestrained.

cute

—It's riveting. You're strong.

cutting

—Not a place for a child.

day

—NIGHT SKY! Circling.

deaf

—Crushing. It should be news.

deal

—Way before then. Think things!

decent

—Big family! What if you're not?

department

—I don't understand. Dog.

dessert

—Very different. Look away!

did

—Through the star. No need.

didn't

—What then? My family seal?

differently

—Who knows? Prolific.

difficult

—Brace yourself! What way?

dipfuck

—Not today. Persevere.

do

—You do? Better than I do.

dog

—Wind it up! You wait for it.

doing

—Gradient containment. Stolen.

done

—I did not see it coming.

don't

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

down

—Going up! So soon?

downright

—DOGS, TOO! Just lay low.

drill

—Sovereign space. Not far.

drive

—Go slow! Be specific.

drugs

—Why bother? Doesn't matter.

dummy

—Allegedly. Not the right time.

each

—Miscommunication anyway.

early

—Off rhythm. The opposite.

easy

—All along. The Circle of Iron.

eating

—DOGS, TOO! Just lay low.

else

—Only my psychiatrist knows.

emergency

—By no means, sir! ICYFIRE!

end

Certainly not. Liberty!

enjoy

—Around the corner. Before long!

everything

—Old as dirt. Hard to believe.

excuse

—So dramatic. Pretty savvy.

exploring

—Indeed. OFF LIMITS!

exposed

—Also terrible things.

face

—So foolish. Underground.

faith

—Around the corner. Before long!

favorite

—You said it! No set limit.

feels

—Networking, eh? It's out!

fellow

—See that? A long way.

fifty

—Someone else. Who decides?

finally

—That's it. We're done.

fine

—Go slow! Be specific.

fire

—Sadly. I must be a mirror.

fired

—Anything else? The towel?

for

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

force

—Around the corner. Before long!

forget

Without suffering.

friendly

—A natural. Very loyal.

friends

—Let's go by intuition.

from

—Go ahead. GO HOME!

fuck

—Forget that. ROAD KILL!

funny

—Pre-existing conditions.

gems

—Then again. What divides us?

get

—Indeed. OFF LIMITS!

girlfriend

—Not right now. Whatever it is.

giving

—A cliffhanger! My way!

go

—Not yet. My place is here.

going

—Congratulations! Far and wide.

good

—Just lucky! Just a bit.

gorgeous

—Fantastic. I wouldn't know.

got

—Mosquito. No atmosphere.

greetings

—A cliffhanger! My way!

haircut

—Oh, yeah? Says you!

hanging

—Shift change! On the job.

happened

—A cliffhanger! My way!

happier

—An odd thing. Held back.

happy

—With no bow and arrow.

hard

—Way before then. Think things!

has

—Very standard. Intimate.

have

—One more bet! On the table.

haven't

—Go on! That's excessive.

having

ACETYLENE! No rides!

he's

—No sweat. Either way.

hear

—Might have been. It's gone.

heard

—All rightie then. With a map!

heart

—An odd thing. Held back.

here

—Allegedly. Not the right time.

hey

—All at once! Wearing a mask.

hiding

—Not sure that's so. Sparingly.

hired

—How amusing. I live there.

hold

—Penny-pinching! Best not to.

home

—Earlier. HEALTHIER.

honey

—As if. Life is not a test.

hook up

—If we had time. On your own.

hope

—Go slow! Be specific.

house

—Probably. With employees.

how

—Just fine. Infiltrate.

how's

—Effortless. Well, you too.

huh

—An odd thing. Held back.

humor

—It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

hurry

—BACK OFF! Stay back.

I

—You're on to something.

I'll

—Loyalty. Experience.

I'm

—Really. You shouldn't be.

I've

—Unbound. That's a switch.

ice

Apparently not.

idiot

—You don't give enough away.

if

—Far better! Don't laugh.

ignoring

—Perfect! Can't get enough.

imagine

—Way before then. Think things!

in

—Is that so? Enough about me!

inexplicable

—Who knows? Prolific.

insignificant

—You look me no up?

inspiration

—Yeah, sure. Not so much.

insult

—It doesn't really matter.

interviews

—An odd thing. Held back.

intimidate

—See that? A long way.

[intimidation]

—Who knows? Prolific.

introduce

—Next time! An opportunity.

is

—Maybe I'll get to be.

isn't

—Loyalty. Experience.

it

—It's perfect. Rediscovered.

it's

—That's a lie. Unrestrained.

jack

—It comes from my family.

jump

—Someone else. Who decides?

just

—Might have been. It's gone.

keep

—An odd thing. Held back.

kids

Refreshing. Expensive!

know

—Not in with the in-crowd.

Koran

—Just fine. Infiltrate.

last

—Around the corner. Before long!

late

—Business. Everything's closed.

[laughter]

—At first. Just to help out.

laundry

—It's terrible. BUNK! I'm torn.

learning

Without suffering.

least

—I'm easy. Being followed.

leaving

—Sadly. I must be a mirror.

let's

—It's stage directions. Capiche?

Levi's Plaza

—Small world. If we agreed.

like

—That's funny. Can't really say.

listen

—I must be going! Look it up!

little

—Something inappropriate.

live

—So foolish. Underground.

long

—Are you jealous? Don't hate me.

looking

—Nothing fancy. Freedom!

loop

—Penny-pinching! Best not to.

loser

—MANY TIMES! Hold the line.

lot

—Stick around! One's enough.

love

—The best ever. I hardly knew.

luck

—All rightie then. With a map!

lying

—It's against my principles.

mad

—I decide what's for me.

magic

—Hardly. Quite unnecessary.

make

—Why bother? Doesn't matter.

man

—Fantastic. I wouldn't know.

many

—BELIEVE me. Got you!

master

—No sweat. Either way.

may

—NIGHT SKY! Circling.

me

—Let things develop. Raw.

mean

—Chilling. Let beauty take over.

meet

—Not right now. Whatever it is.

melted

—Unsettled. Ask them.

merry

—Pre-existing conditions.

met

—Thlowly. Beautiful perthon!

million

—Not my organizing principle.

mind

—Certainly not. Liberty!

mine

—A cliffhanger! My way!

missing

—Never mind! As a child.

mom

—By no means, sir! ICYFIRE!

money

—Stands over you. A machine.

more

—No more. Too late!

morning

—Why so big? All that stuff.

move

—Stands over you. A machine.

much

—A family business. Privy!

my

—Thanks for warning me.

mystery

—Something inappropriate.

name

—That's odd. The game is over!

need

—Who doesn't? Have faith.

needed

—Very little. Keep track of that.

never

—There's also a negative side.

New Year's

I know, right? Another stage?

news

—It doesn't really matter.

nice

—An eye-opener. Deeper wisdom.

no

—Let's keep it this way. Open.

nobody

—Pre-existing conditions.

none

—Very standard. Intimate.

not

—I'll live. I'm not an angel.

now

—Stick around! One's enough.

number

—Track it down. Oh, sure.

of

—Just finish your high school.

oh

—Fantastic. I wouldn't know.

okay

—Just right. Beyond belief.

old

—Only my psychiatrist knows.

on

—Not a place for a child.

one

—It comes from my family.

or

—A high zone. And I'm surprised.

order

—The sound of the fisherman.

out

—Once we get that started.

over

—One more bet! On the table.

park

—Cheap thrills. Stealing happiness.

password

—I must be going! Look it up!

pen

—Penny-pinching! Best not to.

people

—Sight unseen. It's insane.

phony

—You can't be too careful.

pick

—I must be going! Look it up!

please

—Sadly. I must be a mirror.

poor

—I don't understand. Dog.

pretty

—Flow right in. Why not?

privilege

—War souvenirs! Silver.

problem

—Fantastic. I wouldn't know.

progress

—The light in a broken heart.

promise

—High value. Work for it.

punk

—WORK HARDER! Worse!

put

—Here and now. That's all.

question

—Points talking to? Any action?

quick

—How's that? Is it cheap?

quiet

—Close your eyes! Whiplash.

quietly

—A cliffhanger! My way!

rain

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

reach

—Very little. Keep track of that.

read

—Don't have to do anything.

real

—I know, right? Another stage?

reality

—You must be mistaken.

really

—BELIEVE me. Got you!

redefine

What on earth? Copy that.

relax

—Exactly. What else?

remember

—You look me no up?

replaced

—Probably. With employees.

response

—It's uncanny. Many options.

responses

—Don't have to do anything.

restraining

—Flow right in. Why not?

retard

—As if. Life is not a test.

Richard

—Not recently. Seriously?

rid

—Isn't that bizarre? Could be worse.

right

—No idea. Persistence pays.

[robocalls]

—Let's keep it this way. Open.

rooms

—Royal blood. Imaginatively.

safe

—A natural. Very loyal.

said

What on earth? Copy that.

[sarcasm]

—And more! Well-grounded.

sarcasm's

—An odd thing. Held back.

say

—It's your bedtime. Isn't it?

saying

—I think it's easy to overstate.

screw

—It doesn't really matter.

see

—What we have that you don't.

[self-attack]

—A cliffhanger! My way!

sense

—At first. Just to help out.

sent

—Yeah, sure. Not so much.

set

—You look me no up?

should

—Once we get that started.

shut

—Close your eyes! Whiplash.

sidewalk

—Pretty intense. Make a list!

sit

—Hardly. Quite unnecessary.

size

—With no bow and arrow.

smart

—By now. A turnaround.

SMILE!

—BE HONEST! Completed.

snack

—Unsettled. Ask them.

so

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

someone

—It adds up. A privilege.

something

—A cliffhanger! My way!

sometime

—I decide what's for me.

sophisticated

—As if. Life is not a test.

sorry

—Over. Time exposure.

space

—How's that? Is it cheap?

spare

—Afraid not. You'll be first up.

stay

—Well, okay! There's hope.

staying

—Not today. Persevere.

still

—Stick around! One's enough.

stuck

—MANY TIMES! Hold the line.

stupid

—Just finish your high school.

such

—I've heard. It's all overrated.

sue

—No reason. Zing! A rough day.

suicide

—Don't include me. After you!

sure

—Stick around! One's enough.

take

—DOGS, TOO! Just lay low.

talk

—Miscommunication anyway.

talking

—Fantastic. I wouldn't know.

telling

—Don't worry. Never buy horses.

Texas

—Mosquito. No atmosphere.

than

—Jet lag. Finely nuanced.

that

—It's karma. A bit slow.

that's

—Life in the shade. Saved again!

the

—Not quite. Don't count on it.

them

—Shadow dog. SIDE PONY!

themselves

—Old as dirt. Hard to believe.

there

—Secret offshore banking.

they

—What we have that you don't.

they're

—No doubt. It lives forever.

thing

—Watch out! Gone! Brilliant.

things

—Back-to-back. At midnight.

think

—I could not pay you enough!

this

—It's huge. Leave me out of it!

those

—Allegedly. Not the right time.

thought

—Right! Absolutely. Easy choice.

time

—Thlowly. Beautiful perthon!

times

—Why so big? All that stuff.

tits

—Yesterday, for the first time.

to

—No rush. A whole team.

toast

—Mosquito. No atmosphere.

today

—Alarming! One week.

tomorrow

—Big family! What if you're not?

too

—Very different. Look away!

trades

—Hey! OUCH. No big deal.

traffic

—Booked up. Eat your heart out!

traveler

—I'll bet. Insultingly beautiful.

tricky

—Back-to-back. At midnight.

truth

—Too choosy. Just you?

trying

—One more bet! On the table.

turn

—Just about. Sooner or later.

turns

—In a way. I've earned it.

ugly

—The opposite of a juicy target.

unfair

—It's against my principles.

up

—Rip it up! Little & weak.

used

—At first. Just to help out.

usual

—An odd thing. Held back.

very

—Nothing complicated. Low-key.

view

—Not long. I'll change that soon.

walk

—Life in the shade. Saved again!

want

—Sadly. I must be a mirror.

warned

—Sight unseen. It's insane.

was

—Jet lag. Finely nuanced.

wasn't

—I'll bet. Insultingly beautiful.

waste

—You sure? No one wants that.

ways

—Royal blood. Imaginatively.

we

—So foolish. Underground.

wearing

—In the crosshairs. In case.

weather

—Not over yet. Cloud cover cool.

week

—Just normal. TAKE THAT!

weird

—Small world. If we agreed.

weirdo

—Life in the shade. Saved again!

well

—On the train. Playing games.

what

—Unsettled. Ask them.

what's

—Back in no time. Not available.

whatever

—That can't be right. Atomic.

when

—No need to talk about it.

where

—Sovereign space. Not far.

where's

—Not a place for a child.

while

—Likewise. By name alone.

who

—Shift change! On the job.

why

—Way back. A friend of mine.

will

—No idea. Persistence pays.

with

—Networking, eh? It's out!

won't

—Is that safe? Wrong place.

word

—Yesterday, for the first time.

wordy

—DOGS, TOO! Just lay low.

work

—I know, right? Another stage?

working

—But why? Hiding out.

world

—Before what? The rapture!

worry

—Sight unseen. It's insane.

worth

—It's brutal. Death by Nature.

would

—A miracle. Let it be.

wrong

—Earlier. HEALTHIER.

yes

—Track it down. Oh, sure.

you

—Traveling around. Modestly.

you're

—Unbound. That's a switch.

you've

—The reverse! That's enough.

your

—More what I like. Taken.

yours

—Like crazy! Not the least.

yourself

—How so? Most of us don't.