The Rules of Up and Down by Grant Tarbard

                                                                                                 We talked about the
                                                                                                 rules: don't chase things that 
                                                                                                 are out of reach, a 
                                                                                                 man chased a balloon
                                                                                                 up to the Moon's cheese

                                                                                                 and found only dust, 
                                                                                                 pawn and solitaire. 
                                                                                                 Don't follow rabbits 
                                                                                                 through their holes or you 
                                                                                                 may come across a

                                                                                                 sweating dragon's nest 
                                                                                                 or Persephone, 
                                                                                                 she twirls her pastel 
                                                                                                 hair, a lighthouse for 
                                                                                                 the lost and kidnapped.

Grant Tarbard has worked as a journalist, a contributor to magazines, an editor, a reviewer, and an interviewer. He is now the editor of The Screech Owl and co-founder of Resurgant Press with Bethany W. Pope.

The thing that gives hims a sensation of floating, other than anaesthetic or alcohol, is a mindfulness technique. You concentrate on the branches of a tree and your body sways with them. It makes him calm and gives a floaty feeling.

ArtPriscilla Boatwright is an illustrator and writer working in San Antonio. She is fascinated with myth, magic, and the connections between cultural identity and art. Priscilla received her BFA in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. See more of her artwork at

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