Tag: 2021-Micro-02

Keys

Keys

Another rejection letter, another locked door. Wonderful stories – but unpublished, unread.Broke. Downhearted. Sudden idea! Landlord says no rent, no home. Write him curly black hair, a twenty-something body. Don’t worry about rent ever again, he says.Hungry, write the grocer a healthy boy child. He adds “& Son” to his sign, keeps the larders overflowing. […]

The Visitation

The Visitation

She comes out of nowhere. One minute I’m alone; the next, she is speaking to me in Spanish. A beautiful young woman about my age, mid-twenties, with my mother’s chin and dark-honey hair much like my own. “No habla Espanol,” I tell her. “You will. My grandfather will teach you. Tomorrow your life will change […]

Prohibition Bound

Prohibition Bound

Tentatively negotiating the icy pavement, I climbed inside the Uber.  Within minutes, my driver slammed on the brakes.  The car spun… Dazed, I opened my eyes.  A burly man in a pinstripe suit helped me from the car, steering me towards a barber shop. “Password?” he asked. I suddenly became aware of my outfit.  A […]

Many Doors

Many Doors

I wake to the beginning of another night. The cold air from the fridge greets my hand as I feel for the bottle of milk. I need my coffee; it opens the door to my early morning walks. I feel the playful nudge from Khan, as he nuzzles the palm of my hand with his […]

Perspective

Perspective

The prisoner requests Cadmium Red; the guards munch juicy apples.The prisoner requests Manganeze Violet; the guards feast on grapes. The guards never question strange occurrences, just keep each prisoner happy until firing squad time. This one asks for oil paints, “for practice”. “Burnt Sienna, Emerald Green, Chrome Yellow, Cerulean Blue.” The day before execution, four […]

Reprieve

Reprieve

They call this cage ‘deathrow’. Every day a dog gets taken through that door and another of us takes its place. Now I’m in deathrow. All I scent is fear. Trembling, I retreat into the corner. Humans are coming now, little ones squealing in delight at the wriggling puppies. Humans say they’re going to their […]

Who’s There

Who’s There

Knock-knock.“Come in, darling,” she sings out happily. Knock-knock.“Come on in – you have your key!” Knock-knock.“I said come in! You’re starting to push me over the edge.” Knock-knock.“Come in, for the love of God!” She screams. “What kind of game are you playing?” Knock-knock-knock.“Don’t do this to me!” She can feel veins popping in her […]

Through the Devil’s Door

Through the Devil’s Door

Seeking refuge from the rain, I came across an ancient, crumbling church. The north-facing ‘Devil’s door’ hung open on rusted hinges.  I  squeezed through the gap, escaping the deluge, only to be welcomed by the mouldering odour of wood, rotting beneath the broken roof. Cobwebs hung from beams. Tentatively, I crept across the sandstone flags, […]

I Live in Hope

I Live in Hope

How long has it been?  How much longer must I endure this agony? Every day the same.  My mind in constant turmoil.  Should I take matters into my own hands?  Dare I take the risk, knowing how it could all end in disaster? I’m at a stage where I no longer look in the mirror.  […]

What Lies Beyond

What Lies Beyond

On Sunday, the blue door is tightly shut, no sign of life. On Monday, the door is slightly ajar. From somewhere within, a violin. On Tuesday, two beautiful eyes peer out at me –  one gold, one brown.  The violin sings an invitation. On Wednesday I bring armfuls of flowers, an outpouring of my exuberant […]

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