Wall to Wall to Wall to Wall


Left left left bump. Right right right bump. Forward forward forward bump. Backwards backwards backward bump. Left left left bump…

… till shoulders, forehead, back hurt.

Slump. Sob. Sleep.

Flap flaps.

Smelly smell. Stomach snarls. Shovel it, wash it, keep it down down down.

Singing. Loud. Out of tune. Lovely.

Door opens. Scramble, cower, hide.

‘Ciao bambino. Come stai?’

Singy songy sounds. Warm. Lovely.

Sweeping, wiping, singing.

Peek out.

‘Delle mee ‘ow to reach you, bambino.’

Delle mee, delle mee, delle mee.

Close, too close. Hand coming. Cower, cower.

Hand touches cheek. Gentle.

‘A domani.’

A domani.

Alone. Lonely.


13 thoughts on “Wall to Wall to Wall to Wall

  1. Okay, this is a bit creepy. I don’t know, my brain scares me sometimes…
    It came about as a combination of writing prompts: today’s Daily Prompt and yesterday’s Flash Fiction February prompt, which was to pick a line from a song and use it in your piece. I chose “tell me how to reach you” from The National’s Sea of Love. I put the prompts together, and the above is the result.

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  2. One could interpret this many ways. Maybe one day it will be one of those pieces that a teacher gets students to read and write what they thought it was about. I always enjoyed those.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! You are absolutely right, of course. If I can’t unleash the scary side in 100 words once in a while, where else am I going to do it?

      I’ve just had a nose around your blog. Your copyright notice made me chuckle. A much nicer sounding way of getting the idea across – I think a personal touch is more effective than the usual legalese…

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