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you and me – POSTCARD #1

This wonderful image hails from the talented postcards from the north and was submitted by Adriana Glackin from the Blue Mountains.

halcyon

Halcyon

She was born on the shortest day of the year when he was finishing high school and beginning what would be his first marriage.  The rusty iron fence that lines the property they live on irks her. She wonders how the neighbours stand it.  She hears them talking sometimes. She hears the clinking of glasses and imagines the table is set with tablemats. Knives and forks that match. She hears the squeak of springs and breathless laughter and realizes the kids are on the trampoline. A Kingfisher lands on the fence and shrills at her. Shoo, she whispers, and presses her ear against the tin. She hears a baby crying from somewhere deep within the house. She hears the woman’s heels clicking down polished floorboards towards it. She holds her own flat stomach and leans against the fence. The screen door swings open behind her and the smell of cigarettes waft out. His fingers are yellow from years of them perching there. She follows him into the dim kitchen and sees he’s made her cake. It’s sunk in the middle where the words Sweet Sixteen have caved in. She says it doesn’t matter as he starts banging more eggs into bowls. These things, he says without looking up, are harder than they seem.

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  1. anya
    March 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    ooooooh. I like.

    • March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, Anya, looking forwards to yours!

  2. Jurate
    March 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I like this one too! Great image; great title!

  3. March 12, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Wow – this is great. I so love this idea of yours! How exciting to be part of your project 🙂

    • March 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm

      Thank YOU for such a great start. The word Halcyon was a wonderful one. I love Greek myths and so it was greeted with a big smile from me.

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