• Roma commented on the post, strung 6 years, 4 months ago

    She felt the weight of their eyes on her as she stepped on stage. As part of her pre-performance ritual, she tuned her violin in front of the audience, calibrating the horsehair to her exact needs, hoping the instrument she strung herself wouldn’t fail her this time.

  • Roma commented on the post, lantern 7 years, 7 months ago

    The glass seemed too fragile to hold the light in: a camping lantern, designed for rough handling and hard weather, gave off the brightest glow in the interminable darkness and defied its own construction.

  • Roma commented on the post, orbit 7 years, 8 months ago

    Orbiting unceasingly around the Sun, Earth wondered what it might feel like to break away. Saturn sounded nice this time of year.

  • Roma commented on the post, 7 years, 9 months ago

    Desperately smudging the sponge across her face, she tried to layer enough foundation across her forehead to conceal the premature wrinkles she perceived to be overtaking her young face, not realizing that her pulling and tugging and pinching at the skin would be the root cause of real wrinkles later in her life.

  • Roma commented on the post, trunk 7 years, 9 months ago

    One trunk. One whole lifetime, twenty-five years of possessions and memories, six square feet of space — the numbers didn’t add up.

  • Roma commented on the post, dusk 7 years, 10 months ago

    From dawn till dusk, the world functions a certain way. After nightfall, the tables turn and all expectations are reversed: no longer do your petty daytime arguments hold weight in the infinite blackness of a street without lamps to light the way.

  • Roma commented on the post, brick 8 years, 2 months ago

    Brick used to be a name, or at least a popular nickname, for a certain high school archetype: the large blond jock, stronger than he was smart, inexplicably attractive to girls who should have known better — but no more. Is it that we have no patience for the Bricks of the world now, or […]

  • Roma commented on the post, canvas 8 years, 2 months ago

    Unable to keep anything in her life plain, she took the canvas of the tent for its artistic purpose. Staring upwards, the two gazed at the sky: not the natural light of the stars from above, but her elaborately painted conception of them, shining down in quite a different way.

  • Roma commented on the post, bulb 8 years, 2 months ago

    Bulbs, both light and tulip, represent possibility — the one of flowering growth, the other, metaphorically, of an idea. Brilliance can apply to both, referring either to remarkability either in hue or significance.

  • Roma commented on the post, amuse 8 years, 2 months ago

    Amuse. A muse. The muse of amusement? An amusing muse. Amusing musings. A musing muse. An amusing muse musing in an amusement park.

  • Roma commented on the post, ticket 8 years, 2 months ago

    “She’s got a ticket to ride” — who’s got a ticket? to ride what? going where? These are my questions, Messrs. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, & Starr.

  • Roma commented on the post, violent 8 years, 3 months ago

    Violent is a red word, but violet is a violet one — appropriate, no? Funny how a single letter can make such a difference, and no two things are more different than flowers and murder.

  • Roma commented on the post, assisted 8 years, 3 months ago

    “Assisted living” was nothing more than a polite metaphor for Death’s waiting room. She mused idly on the French lessons of her youth, remembering the curious incongruity between the meaning on the page and the meaning in her mind: “assister,” contrary to the assumptions of her native-tongued mentality, was more likely to connote attendance than […]