Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Entry #45

Darkness
by Mr. Schprock


When you close your eyes at night, you can be anywhere. Darkness brings you where you want to be. You can change your space, right there in your room, the same room with warped paneling and stains everywhere that won't come out; your room can be the palace at Versailles, I swear. Who's to say different when you're all alone?

Morning is harsh, though. Damn sun finds its way in everywhere, birds won't shut up either. Motes of dust slow dance in the air, hanging there, hanging there, refusing to breathe or come to a point. Place is a wreck today. I forget all that went on last night. Somebody said something, it might have been her, it might have been me. She took off in the truck, I don't even need to look to see that. I'll find out later what she took with her.

Sometimes inertia isn't a choice. The fight just goes away. Struggle to your feet all you want. Get up, take a leak, brush your teeth, fry an egg, pop a pill, fix the curtains, sooner or later down you go. Down . . . you . . . go. Man, I need the darkness. Got to get me some darkness real soon.

8 comments:

playwrite7000 said...

i like the style of this, the tone. v. nice!

Beth said...

Schprockie, I too joined this contest. I'm a first timer and #26.

So nice to see this serious side of your writing. I enjoyed it.

Bernita said...

Good voice. Well done.
The squalor implied.

Scott said...

Ooh, I see current events have motivated this piece. Wonderful as usual, Mr. Schprock. I don't recall ever reading anything from you so serious, and I'm a Schprock afficianado. Glad you found the time to join in. I thought I was seeing things...

Terri said...

Great voice, and just the right amount said - not too much, not too little.

SF Johnston said...

You know what I love about this? You walked the line between sadness and resignation, but parts of it also made me smile.

This story truly moved me. Up on the fridge it goes!

briliantdonkey said...

"Gotta get me some darkness soon" Great last line to close out a good story Schprock. Nice work

BD

jason evans said...

An interesting take on what might be depression. Yes, darkness is seductive.