Cracked up mirror crunches time on a street corner. Whose mirror is it? When I look for the answer I only see myself – fragmented. Jagged elbows collide with eye brows and a stray knee cap. Parts of a whole spaced wide enough to stretch across one block wide.
I wonder what it was when it was still a working body. A diner mirror or a full length? Did it know it was complete or did it always have that nagging sense of space with sharp edges?
I was standing on the corner looking at these pieces for at least one minute too long before I picked out a shard. An eye. I could see what only pieces of snip-its might recall. In that shard there were a million conversations half cut off, cut up, and sticking. Straight out.
“This neighborhood is getting better all the time.” Bright eyes. Bright teeth. “In just a few years all this will be gentrified.” But that’s only half the conversation.
A rooming house, big old and paint peeled to perfection sits slumped below the hill. A large woman in a floral house dress sits on her plastic lawn chair. Smoking. She looks straight through the conversational shards and into the street corner.
Does she see me or only my back? A chunk is left by the house. Scraps of reflection scattering in the sun.
“Mirror, Mirror on the wall. Who’s the fairest one of all.”
“I cannot tell a lie. Snow White is the fairest.”
“Why did you have to go and do that for?”
You have some very vivid stories. Thank you.
So much in so little … wish I could write like this.
Love the jagged edges to the sentence rhythms, it matches the story brilliantly. I like the line ‘Scraps of reflection scattering in the sun.’
I enjoyed reading your post.
Hello, glad you stumbles upon my crazy little blog. Apart from writing very good you´re writing is smart. Loved reading these two posts, looking forward to reading more. So if you don´t mind I´ll be dropping by once in a while to do what I have coined “do my cool stalker moves”.
Took a look at “Chair” and “Mirror”. Both surprisingly enjoyable. Have fun and I shall return to explore further.
Appreciating the hard work you put into your blog and in depth information you present.
It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that
isn’t the same old rehashed material. Great read!
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