Dear Wigleaf,

I am constantly writing and then drawing a line through what I’ve written. Typing and then deleting. I typed ten versions of this before settling on this version. I prefer this version to be a nothing-version. No substance, no spark, no story I pulled out from under my placemat at lunch where I made a mess when the tomato slid out of my sandwich. I had to wipe it up. I prefer my personal history to be kept in my coat pocket, so that when I answer the phone or meet a new person or stand up at a deli to get a napkin to pick up a tomato slice, I can simply pad the pocket, feel the pause button, and mute my personal history for a minute. That way, for multiple small stretches throughout the day, I get to keep myself.

Trent England

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Read TE's story, "Himself in the Mirror."

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