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WHEN THE SOULS COME DOWN, THEY ARE COLD AND FRIGHTENED

WHEN THE SOULS COME DOWN, THEY ARE COLD AND FRIGHTENED

ABOUT ME

THE YEAR I WAS BORN STARDUST BURNT AND A SOVIET SUBMARINE RAN AGROUND; THE GREEN BLOSSOM PEARLY MUSSEL WAS NEVER SEEN AGAIN. FIFTY-TWO SUNDAYS LATER I HELD MY BREATH AND TURNED BLUE, I WAS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL AND ALL EIGHT PLANETS ALIGNED ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE SUN. AFTERWARDS RED RAIN FELL, THE SUN WAS ECLIPSED AND I RAN UP A HILL IN THE DARK DURING A RAINSTORM. WHEN THE BRAIN VIRUS SPREAD THROUGH THE WORLD'S MACHINES MY MIDDLE EAR BECAME INFECTED AND I SWALLOWED BANANA-FLAVORED MEDICINE. MEANWHILE VOYAGER TWO VISITED THE ICE GIANT, HEAVY SNOW FELL AND CHERNOBYL EXPLODED INTO MELTDOWN. IT WAS SUMMER WHEN MY DAM OF ROCKS AND LEAVES WASHED AWAY AND THE LAST DUSKY SEASIDE SPARROW DIED. THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY DAYS PASSED, ENGLAND'S EARTH SHOOK AND MY MOTHER PREPARED LUNCH IN OUR GARDEN FOR JOURNEYING BUDDHIST MONKS. ONE DAY THE TREES AT THE END OF OUR ROAD FELL DURING A STORM, MY SHINS GREW LONGER AND I PLUNGED INTO A COLD GREY SEA. MY MOTHER RETURNED TO WORK AT THE HOSPITAL AND THE WORLD WIDE WEB WAS BORN. THE WORLD DID NOT END BUT WE SPUN 0.001 SECONDS FASTER AND REVOLVED AROUND THE SUN. THEN THE SUMMER WAS DRY, ROGUE WAVES WERE MEASURED AND A FIRE RAGED UNDER THE SEA. THE REMAINS OF 24 PEOPLE WERE LAUNCHED INTO SPACE, THE LONGPLAYER BEGAN TO SING A SONG FOR 52000 DAYS AND A BROWN CLOUD OF AEROSOLS FORMED. A FALLING TREE KILLED CELIA, ARMED ROBBERS STOLE THE SCREAM, A 2100-YEAR-OLD MELON WAS UNEARTHED, A PHOENIX LANDED ON MARS, THE MOON MOVED NEARER TO THE EARTH, AN ICE BRIDGE BROKE, ANCIENT CITIES WERE DESTROYED AND LONESOME GEORGE CAME TO THE END.

IN THE 15TH YEAR OF THE 3RD MILLENNIUM, THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LIGHT, 56 MILLION PEOPLE DIED, 134 MILLION WERE BORN AND 2.6 TRILLION POUNDS OF HUMAN WASTE WAS PRODUCED.

I CRIED FOR 384 MINUTES, WALKED 1460 MILES AND BREATHED 11000 LITRES OF AIR.

THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK WAS SET 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT.