Equilibrium by Nicolette Wong

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For Julien Tatham

Heroine

The morning puts on a translucent blue coat, held for it by broken rays of sun. I draw loneliness on charcoal paper for her to unravel. Now unbounded, with a conquering violence, she bleeds open in my hand.

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Drawing

The day is spent, unlucky in smoke and rain. On my path are silent lives breathing in cells: in buildings, rooms and compartments in the minds of strangers. Traces of her are blurring in my coat pocket—I cannot hold her.

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Equilibrium

I shift in between the repercussions of her voice, cold and unyielding like the sleep of stone. An image of her multiples and rushes down memories: her handwriting on a cigarette box, my waking up to a room of mist, to a nip on her little morsel of flesh.

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Stones

The story is scorching. Falling down ashen as the tip of the pencil breaks. It invades my present: a pair of tombstones in a faraway place, dew on wet grass, treading on softness until all is oblivion.

It should be so easy to give up.

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Flame

In the darkened room the flame penetrates and is gone.

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6 responses to “Equilibrium by Nicolette Wong

  1. Randal Houle

    Ooh, I liked the form here. Very effective. The story has movement in such a confined space. Well done.

  2. The rhythm in this was nice. I liked the way you segmented the entire flash. :)

  3. Gorgeous writing from ‘the morning puts on a translucent coat’ all the way to the end. Peace…

  4. Pingback: Week #24 – Tombstones « 52|250 A Year of Flash

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