I am the meanest kid in the bounce house

I am the meanest kid in the bounce house.

Parents see me in the bounce house and indignantly pull their kid out of the line and grab their shoes out of the pile.

I’m in the bounce house and push your kid.

I’m twelve and I like pushing kids around especially in the bounce house.

I like the way my twelve year old hands feel when I push someone in the bounce house.

My hands are twelve years old and feel like little half eaten, under-cooked potatoes when they are balled up into fists and pushed forward.

I’m alone in the bounce house now.

These parents got wise to me and my twelve year old potato hands pushing kids and shit.

My parents got wise to this and fed me under-cooked potatoes for a week.

I can’t eat under-cooked potatoes because I don’t know where the potato starts and my little fisted fork begins.

I wish I was back in the bounce house.

I wish my twelve year old hands and my twelve year old body sprouted little vines in the cupboard.

I wish that I had dozens of eyes made from neglect.

I’m twice my age now and living on my own.

I bounce in my house to find old potatoes on the top shelf of my kitchen cupboards.

My potatoes were neglected and now have mold and a dark, viscous liquid coming from them but they remain eyeless.

I put them in a plastic bag and watch them bounce at the bottom of the dumpster as they fall slack from my hands.

I want to throw the potatoes in the park across the street.

I want to throw the potatoes at your face and watch you gag.

I want to throw the potatoes in the bounce house at night and watch their eyeless faces roll around.

I want to throw moldy, rotten, eyeless potatoes off of an overpass on I-290 and scream, LOOK AT THIS LOOK AT THIS LOOK AT THIS LOOK AT THIS LOOK AT THIS LOOK AT THIS.

I want to be mean again but I wasted all that energy half of a lifetime ago.

About Nathan Masserang

Nathan Masserang lives in Chicago. His work has been published in The Newer York, Keep This Bag Away From Children, and The Mall. He can also be found on Twitter.

  • Matthew Dinaro

    hahah
    we all know that kid
    what became of him
    obvs nothing good
    i used to take i-290 every day

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