Shades of Light

It’s one of those lamps with energy bulbs,

serpentine in style, rainbow shades. A living room wall

becomes a thunderstorm. In the kitchen, features are

 

stark and aged, a focused camera angle. Food looks stale,

unappetizing. My mother tells me to watch my weight-

the fluorescence does it for me.

 

The bathroom is the most unpleasant yet bet lit room.

Akin to a doctor’s exam room, where Father tells me

not to cry or he’ll be disappointed.

 

Hallways are lit narrow passages. I see towers of

dark stairwells, vertical. Waterspouts, looming over doorways

until you reach the end of the vortex.

 

My bed is centered below a ceiling fan, a spotlight on me. I lie

and wait for my mother to say goodnight. Father is in the bathroom,

learning similarities.

 

(Written in January/February 2010)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s