How to Get to Paradise


1. Your inner child’s laughter.

2. A rail road track (stretched sunrise to sunset).

3. A day you don’t want to remember.

4. Dead hairballs pilfered from the family bible.

5. The blood of the rattlesnake our parents told us never to touch.


Prep (5 seconds)   Cook (31 years)   Ready in (still waiting)

Set everything on fire.

Breathe in. Breath out. Breathe in again.

Stop the world,


Or don’t.

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Jessica Halsey was born in Arkansas and has lived most of her life in the United States and Panama. She earned a BA in Sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Would you like to know more?

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