SYMBOLS, EXPLAINED

  1. A flower bulb that doesn't bloom
    Sexual impotence
  2. A haircut
    Loss of sexual innocence and feminine purity
  3. An upright spoon in a mug of coffee
    The precarious balance of our modern existence.
  4. Coffee grounds spilled on the counter
    The destruction of the Ecuadorian rainforest
  5. A summer rain shower
    Baptism
  6. A house that burns down
    Also baptism
  7. A map slipping from its frame
    The protagonist's long-ago abandoned dreams of traveling the world
  8. A knife not sharp enough to slice an apple
    Fatherly abandonment
  9. Apple (with no nearby cutting apparatus)
    Original sin