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Of laughter

She falls to the floor, continuing to snort with laughter. The dog excitedly wags their tale, content & alert. The room is filled with an air of sparkle & joy.

It hasn’t always been this way. Your eyes crinkle inn glee. You  as animated even more by her pleasurable reactions.

You go on with the story. Something about a laundry card, a machine & an opinionated onlooker; the anecdote of the day which brought that absurd moment to you here when you needed it.

The story is perhaps less important than the enthusiastic telling, & the much needed break from a long sorrow, a tension of many losses. Here’s a gain. Laughter is always a gain.

© Niliema Karkhanis


For the Word of the Day Challenge prompt: snort


Featured image by  Paweł Czerwiński from Unsplash


Of comfort

1

You tried

You take

Comfort

In knowing

That

You tried

Questions

Always remain

Just the same

2

Under the cover

Of a laundry-warmed

Blanket

You are

Missing it

For when

It wasn’t there

This is how

Enjoyment

Can be

3

With you I felt

Things about myself

Both amazing

& like I could never

Ever even be like

Just regular

About anything

Again

& then

Messiness

Preceding

Some complete

Retopia

4

The cats were mostly at peace in the evenings. They enjoyed sleeping to television sounds.

5

I think it was hard for her, that not being believed part. It’s just how it is. It happens so often like that. & yet it’s always difficult to accept.

A perennial disjuncture.

6

Only the people who believe are of significance in your life when it comes to these things, they said.

This is very true. You remind yourself to focus on the people who love you. They know & they believe. & that’s all you need.

7

You stop fighting until you can’t. & then you fight some more until you can’t again anymore. & yet you make it to the end.

You break & bend.

Then everything that needs to, starts to make sense again.

& what doesn’t, now, it all makes you laugh.

© Niliema Karkhanis


For Your Daily Word Prompt: comfort


Featured image by Paweł Czerwiński from Unsplash


Pink unicorn: micro-fic

Image by Paweł Czerwiński from Unsplash

The apartment is stifling. No a/c. It is one of the hottest days of a heatwave. Too hot to think. He’s not home at least. You need a few things. You have to leave the little old bright green-eyed grey cat, whom everyone mistakes for a kitten, for now. Only […]

Pink unicorn: micro-fic

© Niliema Karkhanis

The garden

Photo by

Rebecca from Unsplash 1

The garden was filled with so many flowers. It was colourful. Pinks and blues. Lots of variety. It was midsummer and dusk was falling. They sat with a cup of warm tea and gazed towards the pink clouds floating carefully through the iridescent sky. There was a cool breeze over the […]

The garden

© Niliema Karkhanis

Pink unicorn: micro-fic

 Image by Paweł Czerwiński from Unsplash

The apartment is stifling. No a/c. It is one of the hottest days of a heatwave. Too hot to think. He’s not home at least. You need a few things. You have to leave the little old bright green-eyed grey cat, whom everyone mistakes for a kitten, for now. Only for now.

That’s all you’ll think about for days. Knowing she’s missing you & scared. Easier to worry about the cat than yourself right now.

You pack some clothes, some sketchbooks & a pink unicorn stuffed animal.

This is the last time you’ll see the inside of this place. You are leaving for good.

In a hurry, you look back around only to wave to the cat, neither of you wanting to meet eyes; as you hold the soft unicorn close to your heart & run down the long flight of stairs. You’ll be back for her. She knows. You know.

You exit & breathe the hot heavy air. Your bus will arrive soon at the corner. You make your way.

© Niliema Karkhanis