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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Wax Paper
The air smells of wood smoke. There's wax paper behind the windows, which are the color of butter. You walk through the snow, slowly dropping your foot with each step and then lifting it carefully out of the impression it makes. Silence is still an impossible dream. As you get closer, you think of crawling, but can't think of a reason why it would help. There's a sliver of brighter light coming through the one on the left. Something moves behind it. Red. You're almost there now. The next step is the important one. But your foot takes too long to hit ground. Then you feel the water beneath the ice you just crunched through. A bucket, maybe. Shit. This is why you should have taken the time to spray that stuff on your boots last winter. The time for regret is over, though. You lean forward, the tips of your fingers coming to rest on the side of the house, slipping a bit as they make contact with the slick surface. They must have the stove going full blast. The sliver is widening to meet your eye. You're about to see what you came for.

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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: December 11th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like these prose installations. I like these pronouns. I like the feeling of feeling it out, and yes, even the glassy hard places under the foot or the feeling of shard on the tongue. But you know I'm a believer in attempting much--and in this in the hurling through words.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 11th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks. I'm not sure I'm attempting much. But I'm definitely attempting something. Who knows whether it will materialize in anything with more weight behind it? I suppose I should, but I can't even imagine the day after tomorrow.
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: December 11th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
nice. i think second person works particularly well for short prose pieces...

"i wish i had sprayed that stuff on my shoes" has bene a common thought for me lately.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 11th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It works wonderfully as literal and figurative alike. Repellent isn't retroactive.
From: bobo_amargo Date: December 11th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


Oh, who could taste the crust of such love? Stealing up upon, a glance of, RED -- that's erotic.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 12th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Fors

Underneath the snow bleeds whiter
The tread leaves its mark
Shimmering in the absence of illumination
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