THE IMMINENT WIDOW by Mary Skomerza
The outline of his shadow gyrates and roils against the wall, a disturbing pantomime of respiration. His breaths, raspy and uneven, heave upwards with a rumble and deflate with a hiss. It is an oddly hypnotic symphony. I watch him with waning energy, sinking lower into my seat while my eyes flutter against the weight of my lashes. There is a smell about him that I hadn’t noticed before. It thickens the air with a medicinal putrid odor.I drift into an uneasy slumber.
During interludes of stillness in my fitful rest I dream that a giant centipede climbed up into the sky and wrapped itself around the sun. It tightened its coil until the last ray of light was pinched out and we were left looking at that high-up bug, all legs upon spines. It looks like a tumor, or a desolate planet.
DetailsABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary Skomerza is a graduate of The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in creative writing. She currently contribute to examiner.com as a food examiner. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and has a passion for alternative fiction and the writers who have chosen to push the boundaries of the written word.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Skinner is an artist residing in Chicago where her work is currently on display. She has previously had showings and events in New Orleans and Atlanta. In addition to being a painter and illustrator, she has also done photography. To see more of her work, you may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.