Ways We Avoid the Future

by Marisa Siegel

At a party, pick up a bench and throw it straight at the consequences.

Don’t watch the car hit the roadblock. Wonder whether it’s troubling that you aren’t troubled by the clanging danger, but decide instead to continue resting your head in the familiar lap of broken.

Sleep for two years, waking up to feed the cat and delay the inevitable.

Ask her how she places emphasis so skillfully, and really listen to the sounds of her answer. Study him as he cultivates an attractive standoffishness.

Practice, practice, practice.

Leave halfway through the movie. Pull up roots quicker than they push down. Weed the yard; leave every home you tend to.

Collect excuses, and build a careful museum to house your collection.