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Russell Edson’s Hamster, It Seems, Has A Very Bad Cold

By Matthew Simmons.

Poor thing is quite stuffed up and is using a very tiny handkerchief to blow its little nose. Russell was going to make it some sort of noodle soup, but the noodles in his cupboard are so very big, he does not think the hamster could swallow one without choking.

In the back of the cupboard, he finds a crack in the wall, and begins to pick at it. He climbs up into the cupboard, and shuts the door behind him. And he picks and picks and picks at the crack until it opens very wide, and he realizes there is the scent of warm air and that it must be spring, and time to start jogging to lose his winter weight.

How embarrassing!

Matthew Simmons
lives in the Pacific Northwest with his cat, Emmett. He is a writer. He is currently writing something.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Thursday, March 1st, 2007.