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As Wide, as Deep: a heart and a hole by Duncan Barlow | Word Riot
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July 29, 2017      

As Wide, as Deep: a heart and a hole by Duncan Barlow

With the yellow crescent moon slung in a strange way, they began digging a hole for the missing cat. Wider, she said, the cat is bigger. Though it absurd to dig a hole so large, he agreed. A gentleman’s word is bond and a bond is a homely man’s only hand to play. I’m sorry I was gone when she left, he said. She was my girl, she said. And you are mine, he said. Dig deep as my heart is wide, she said. He agreed. The further they went, the harder it was to displace the earth, until she took to the surface to pull and toss dirt. The moon was lost to him and he could only hear the chink and shush of the spade and huff of his breath. How long he’d been digging, how deep he had gone when he felt the first dump of damp soil hit his head. And another as he looked up. We’re not burying the cat, are we? he asked. The spade slung in a strange way, he saw the moon righted, before she began to shovel again.

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