Epilogue – Layers of dust and spilled sugar

Early morning is bluish rather than abalone
and if you listen closely
can almost drink in the silence of city,
a comforting thought
until I recall layers of dust and spilled sugar
resting upon the chaotic brown tiled floor
in the front room,
other than glossy curls and red lipstick
she looks like fragmented bits of my worst nightmare
her claws
digging into the lush leather furniture,
‘Goodness gracious, woman! Ever heard of sweeping?’
I raised my eyebrows in disgust,
‘Not really, perhaps you can enlighten me,’
she flipped the channel until a soap opera came up,
the sky darkened
as tempers flared and turned a sinister shade
of charcoal grey,
I smiled as the doorbell rang,
‘Now that I think about it, it’s really not so bad,’
she froze in horror
as the delivery man arrived with our order,
roasted garlic rice and potato soup with crispy brussels,
the house was clean as a pin the next day.

 

Photo credits: Lasse Moller, Unsplash

Posted for Poems in April @ Real Toads

18 thoughts on “Epilogue – Layers of dust and spilled sugar

  1. BrendAN says:

    Some roomie! You had my flesh crawling.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Brendan 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  2. I see you know how to deal with recalcitrant tenants! Bravo!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  3. Kerry says:

    That opening line! and the way you have set the whole scene is outstanding.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerry 😍 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  4. Ellecee says:

    Love this 🙂 – if I have it right, light and garlic work like a charm with this type of pesky roomy,,, 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Absolutely! ❤️ Thanks for stopping by, Ellecee ❤️

  5. Carrie V. H. says:

    I love the idea of drinking in the silence. Love how this ended. Perfection Sanaa!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Carrie 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  6. Isadora Gruye says:

    This is packed with so many beautiful images and humor. The balance between the two works very nicely. Loved the cinematic quality you put into every line! Thanks for posting!!!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Isadora 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt) 🌹

  7. Jim says:

    Some folk push to find the limit that another will take. Fortunately in all the years I’ve never encountered that situation. Have you in reality?
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Fortunately not 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Jim ❤️

  8. Love it! I bet your roommate will not be messy again.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Susie 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  9. Sara McNulty says:

    Like the ending, and grimaced over the spilled sugar.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sara 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

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