The Cut in Half Man
By Peter Markus - Oct 4, 2017
They found the cut in half man cut in half with just one half of him to be found. They did not find the half of the cut in half man that had legs to go with that cut in half man half that was found. This was in the woods. Trees and more leaves in the trees than are stars in the night’s dark sky. The half of the cut in half man that had legs might have walked off—through the woods. Who’s to say that half of the cut in half man that had legs could not walk? The half of the cut in half man that had hands, the hands of this cut in half man could do things with his hands: like make a fist, or reach up from the dirt of these woods where this cut in half man was found, as if to ask for help, as if to say, to these boys who found him: Give me, please, a hand. But the cut in half man had a hand of his own. Fact of it is, this cut in half man had two hands on this half of him that was left, that half of him that still was a man. What good would one more hand do, or two more hands do, to a man cut in half? The cut in half man had a head too. Truth be told, the cut in half man had two heads on the half of him that was the half of him that was found. The cut in half man with his two heads talked back and forth, from one head to the next head, from one mouth to the next mouth: more words than these boys knew what to do with. At times the two heads and the two mouths of the cut in half man talked and talked, both mouths gone on at the same time—talk talk talk talk talk—till the boys and their four ears on the sides of their own boy heads could not take it no more. Stop, the boys said, when the two heads of the cut in half man got to be too much to bear. There is two too much of you, the boys both said to the cut in half man’s two heads with the mouths that did not stop when the boys told them to stop. So when the two heads of the cut in half man did not stop it with all of these sounds that their mouths made, back and forth and back and forth, four times four times more: the boys did what they had no choice but to do. They took the axe that they used to chop down trees with—to make wood out of, to make a fire burn with, to warm the house in these woods where they lived—and with no more words to say stop to the cut in half man to get the cut in half of this man to shut up with his two mouths and two heads, these two boys took up this axe and they raised it up high, here in the dark that is these woods, and they then brought this axe back down hard and fast, like this, and like this, and like this, two times two times two times more, for each head of the cut in half man who they found in these here woods, here where there are trees with more leaves than there are stars in the sky, they chopped off both of his heads.