I couldn’t open my eyes this morning, although I tried to flip up my lids with my forehead and temple muscles. Because my tongue was stuck to the roof of my mouth, I made my way to the faucet where I poured and drank a glass of water, all the while worrying that without opening my eyes my hearing would sharpen and I would hear things I don’t want to know. My roommate examined my eyes and discovered a spider web inextricably woven into both sets of lashes. I had reason for concern. The hairs on my arms vibrated to cries of the violin across town, and I began to walk the fourteen miles without a white cane. Traffic surged around me, although it created a wind to flirt with my skirt. I felt it, but of course could not see the intent. When I approached my destination, the music slowed into an absolute silence. Then came the crashing of the violin upon the rocks.
About the writer:
Luanne Castle’s Kin Types (Finishing Line Press), a chapbook of poetry and flash nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Award. Her first poetry collection, Doll God, winner of the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, was published by Aldrich Press. A Pushcart nominee, Castle studied at the University of California, Riverside (PhD); Western Michigan University (MFA); and Stanford University. Her writing has appeared in Copper Nickel, TAB, The American Journal of Poetry, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Verse Daily, Broad Street, Lunch Ticket, Grist, River Teeth, and other journals. An avid blogger, Luanne Castle divides her time between California and Arizona, where she shares land with a herd of javelina.
Image: “Water Music #24” by Roger Camp. Cibachrome print. 16 x 20 inches. 1995. By permission. Roger Camp is the author of three photography books including the award-winning Butterflies in Flight, Thames & Hudson, 2002 and Heat, Charta, Milano, 2008. His work has appeared in numerous journals including The New England Review, New York Quarterly, and North American Review. His work is represented by the Robin Rice Gallery, NYC.