ghoulish + prepare + surprise

there's a new mirror on the wall. when i look, it has a ghoulish reflection in the glass, past me. the image appears stuck.   i bought it from an antique shop. the owner was glad to see it go. she took my money and said nothing about surprises.   i was not prepared for mischief… Continue reading ghoulish + prepare + surprise

beauty + dreams + exceptional

my dreams tonight are cold, a forgetful haze of ice and snow, a blur of grey and white. by the time i wake up, i'm chilled right through.   there's no beauty to be found in these dreams, cold as they are. all there is, is an exceptional sight: the horizon is all blank.  … Continue reading beauty + dreams + exceptional

tame + flower + simply

tame flowers sit in glass and ceramic vessels, a demure display.   they're simply arranged, logical order of height to best advantage.   they sit for five days before being whisked away and swiftly replaced.

heart + need + believe

i don't believe you. you're most difficult to read at the best of times.   your words are raw and unpracticed. this is not what my heart needs right now.   my mind is quick, draws conclusions you need not spell out. i know too much.

silk + skin + athletic

athletic frame draped in silk, a second skin, waits for fabric to warm.   perfume is absorbed into the fibres, starting to take own its shape.   the dress is packed up already coming alive with its new owner.

surrounded + history + focused

the museum is silent, thin groups of people focused on stories. there's something quiet in the air itself.   people trickle through the exhibits, each clasping some relevant bit of literature. there's still so much to see and take in.   they're surrounded by history, watching as it unfolds in solemn halls, unfurls on compact… Continue reading surrounded + history + focused

crumb + cold + playful

there's crumbs on the bench a thin-framed tray cooling fresh cookies from the stove. a swipe of a damp sponge clears away the crumbs, leaving clean.   the cookies go cold left out too long and only just staying soft. they are still good, with a subtle tang of orange when bitten.   someone ventures… Continue reading crumb + cold + playful

touch + miss + tentative

the wind is chilly, sou'wester skimming in, fresh from ice and snow.   tentative touch to the mirror - it's freezing, could shatter with pressure.   outside, the concrete is slick with ice. the setting sun's easy to miss.

anticipate + explosion + blocked

she's waiting by the computer, pacing, watchful, eyes trained on the screen. the email inbox, empty, stays clear - still nothing new comes in.   she anticipates something, though she is unsure what she's looking for. under her feet, the floor is cold. an error pops up: blocked.   message blocked, same as all the tries… Continue reading anticipate + explosion + blocked

well + sweet + trance

the morning is dark, cotton-candy fog hanging over the city.   through the fog, lights glow. well and truly entranced, i inhale the sweet air.   someone is burning pine. as i get in the car, i wish you were here.