What happens when a man drinks a gallon of rum per day for a year?
Many things. He falls in love with a bar. He befriends the homeless. He goes broke. He ends up in jail. He convinces himself that the world is burning. He turns into a bluebird. Most importantly, though, he laughs. He laughs because he has to, because it’s the only way to fight off the truth: Yes, the world is ablaze, but I am holding the torch. My fellow bluebirds will understand. Look at those flames, so bright and warm. There will be words in the ashes.
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Matt Gibson (@itsmattgibson) is an independent writer from Point Lookout, New York. He’s currently alive, as far as anyone knows, and lives in Los Angeles.