Sunday, September 08, 2013

Monsoonal Surge

One thing is certain: We'll always have our fear.
Fear of friends, of monsoonal surges, of regal clauses
in contracts, and, oh, I won't bore you with what
fears I have, I'm sure your arms are full of them.
Then it occurs to me: The night is fast approaching,
an almost liquid darkness seeps in over the highway
and invades the room I'm in until electric light
simmers on the bright orange pillow and a certain
solemn pall covers the evening enough to feel
snug and comforted by this encroachment. A neighbor
downstairs is watching a program with loud explosions,
the sounds rumble up under me, slashed by
the fierce hiss of cars heading home. They sound
so rhythmic and enchanting they could almost be the ocean,
if one were to find a pastoral frame to display it in.
What really startles me is the emptiness of this room,
how dumb and vacant the books on the shelves appear, the words
on their spines are mere designs. And the newspaper on the floor
bent away from the center crease, flapping like an
injured bird under the broad blowing of the window fan. See?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Kim Piper Hiatt said...

I love this, Todd.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful!

10:19 PM  

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