She sits opposite me, belligerent, narrow-eyed, slumped over.
His face drops like a bloodhound, sagging through the chin, slack with pain.
You creep, insidiously, as I sleep, carried like algal bloom on a polluted tired tide.
On a knife-edge.
The concierge, sharply dressed, raps the door, gift in hand.
Tough tattoos, spiky jewelery, cracked teeth, stale breath, a raised eyebrow, a broken fist.
She tucks her hair up under the her tiara, and lets the ladies fuss around her makeup.
I'm a roving adventurer; a wanderer on the high seas, a slick and daring silver tongued genius with a taste for exotic women and expensive wine.
I love going to the beach.
A flower wilts in the hot sun.
When the wind blows at night, sweeping the rocks and gently directing the salty spray of the sea, I can't sleep.
p>I feel like a spaceman at altitude; maybe - I've never been one so I don't know.
p>My art space is a smooth, flat, white space with a dent right in the middle, where, in a fit of pique, someone may have rammed their fist.
The pianist sticks to the bench and roughs up the keys like he's sparring with the elephant they came from.
An orange on the counter with a thumbnail indentation.
p>I was wearing one oven mitten in a floral print and holding a dishcloth with a picture of a kitten in the other hand, leaning over the oven and pulling out a tray of biscuits when I felt something at my feet.
She looked back at me, trying to be penitent, trying to look contrite and like she was honestly sorry and like she knew what she'd done and how in the wrong she was.
p>I admit it, I was a bit pissed.
I like to ensure that, before I leave the house for the morning, my beard is freshly trimmed, my teeth are shining like a toothpaste commercial, and the tips of my shoes are gleaming with reflected early morning sunlight. I use cold cream on my face at night to keep my skin elastic, and every second evening place cucumber slices over my closed eyes to restore that green glint, to reduce redness, and to slow down the aging process.
I’m going to leave now.