Jaded Triptych: Christopher Barnes

August 28, 2019






     Ears prickle and his tongue drips once.  Cur at the trattoria is alert.  A heavy breath.  Shusshing traffic overlays the ruckle of cups on aluminium.  Tail away.  Yap-Yap!  A nylon leash bends the fence.  Chair leg scrapes on paving as his nose jabs denim.  Kettle-grown mint ruffles in the breeze.  He sniffs the table, shuffles to the left.  Hairs disentangle, fall.  Questioning look in butterscotch eyes.  Plod, jump, wriggle, then patient sitting.  Assurance is a gesture.




     Karl’s strength evaporated when Robbie left.  Twelve cushioned years, soured in July.  The fling was dumbfounding, upending the future with a deep-echoing blow.  Lies showed in posture as well as the voice.  A phone that never rings is gratuitous.  Daylight awakens the conscience-smitten; yawns are full of reproach.




     The sky feigns a vacant pose.  Downdrafts w-huh around the crane.  Leaves rustle, agitated.  Water shimmers to olive, touch-and-go at brick edging.  Curving towards the flux, the rowing boat grapples to its purpose.  Traction of oar jiggles green slime.  Off-white gathers…is pushed away.  Damp wood – sudden dip at the stern reflects red.  A shudder makes Vvvvvs after slops whorl the paddle’s gusto.  The distance tugs an invisible rope.  One duck sinks, bobs.  Ripples quick-turn into lop-sided grids.  Light sees light in a myriad of animated triangles.  A once-thrown over stone wraps its memories around sticky algae.  Gnats criss-cross their dance, hypnotising a wave.  Unseen, a conscious fish pouts a bubble on the surface.  There, the predictable roll dissipates.






By Christopher Barnes





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