SmokeLong Quarterly
top menu
miter
Slip it In
by Myfanwy Collins

Torment of a Lost Ecstasy
We are going to wait for two strangers to scratch at our nighty-night windows. Wait for their white faces to show up in our dark rooms. Wait for them to poke their fingery eyes at us.

To repeat: Strangers will come and watch and pokeótheir eyes like salt, like fire. And there will be a knife behind the big oneís back when he knocks at the door, but we wonít see it. Wonít even know that itís there.

But this fear is not a living thing, not a breathing thing. It is only us and these strangers who live and who breathe. That is it. That is all.

If you will, take your fingers and press them on the big one's eyelids and watch for the lights all around us to change from green to gold. Watch the lights spin and twinkle and tickle.

Say to him:

Donít make me crazy with your little face and eyes that press against my window. You with your knife and your shaky, shaky hands.

If you are going to kill me just do it now.

I am so tired of waiting.

And the knife will feel so cool, so fresh as you slip it in.


All content in SmokeLong Quarterly copyright 2003-2014 by its authors.



Myfanwy lives in the woods with her husband and her dog. Please visit her at, http://www.myfanwycollins.com.

Read the interview.
Issue Six (October 15, 2004): Money on the Eyes by Ian Kita «» Fire. Water. by Avital Gad-Cykman «» On the Inside of a Horseís Skull by Daphne Buter «» Breakfast in America by Angela Delarmente «» Broodiness by Alicia Gifford «» The Suspect by Joseph Young «» Picnic by Robin Slick «» Rabbit Karma by Bea Pantoja «» Grateful by Lisa K. Buchanan «» Getting Religion by Carol Novack «» The Green Dress by Beverly Jackson «» Smoky Clothes by Ellen Parker «» Shopping List by Liesl Jobson «» The Nub by Jordan E. Rosenfeld «» Swallow Whole by Spencer Dew «» Dead Weight by Jensen Whelan «» Instructions for a Son upon Finding Something of his Fatherís by Robert S. Jersak «» 201 Feet by Andrew Tibbetts «» Slip it In by Myfanwy Collins «» Frostbite by Katrina Denza «» Interviews: Ian Kita «» Avital Gad-Cykman «» Daphne Buter «» Anglea Delarmente «» Alicia Gifford «» Joseph Young «» Robin Slick «» Bea Pantoja «» Lisa K. Buchanan «» Carol Novack «» Beverly Jackson «» Ellen Parker «» Liesl Jobson «» Jordan E. Rosenfeld «» Spencer Dew «» Jensen Whelan «» Robert S. Jersak «» Andrew Tibbetts «» Myfanwy Collins «» Katrina Denza «» Cover Art "Torment of a Lost Ecstasy" by Marty D. Ison «» Letter From the Editor
miter
bottom menu