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Let’s see. Is there any place for an R?
Can it be inserted into FLAP or GUM or
BENCH? But no—I watch as CHART is
made, and I half-heartedly sigh. I watch
HIS turn to FISH and then to SHIFT.
That could be a sentence. But they’re
just random words, somehow
conjugated from tiny letter tiles spread
out on the table. It’s amazing how many
words can be made—WATERY, CUBICLE,

Right here, when it’s just
a game, none of it
seems to mean

Julia Marcus
Julia Marcus, 13
Culver City, CA