Saturday, March 14, 2020

Everything is broken - 3.14 #sol20 Story Challenge

Yes, there's a virus among us and also:

One stair is in disrepair --  its stone aggregate cracked, flaking, a piece of rusty rebar exposed, starting to sag, a little like a loose tooth; yellow caution tape frays, having outlived what was supposed to be temporary duty. "We got the wrong-sized tread," I'm told, to explain the holdup. "The right one is on the way."

A cough from the faucet, some water, mostly air comes out, more turbulent spurts. Plumbers have been in the building, I surmise.

Rats colonize the nearby dumpster enclosure. We hear them chitter, skitter. From time to time this winter, a sentinel perches on our balcony, in search of sustenance:

2 comments:

  1. Broken just a little with room for improvement. A view of a predator willing to solve one problem. You’re on the right track.

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  2. The rhythm of this post is just right. It's almost haunting, definitely lyrical. Something about the way it ends with the owl - the sentinel in search of sustenance. I don't know if I can quite explain, but the whole thing echoes in my chest.

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