h1

Stamps: Maria Hummel

02/08/2009

curtain

from The Curtain

By Maria Hummel

The color of the hospital curtain changes with the light. If our neighbor by the window keeps the shade up, the cloth is a sea-green riddled with purple. If the neighbor likes it dim, purple conquers green; the hue becomes the dull mottle of a bruise just before it heals. If we have no neighbor, we push the curtain back until we can see the view of the roof. I dance with our sick baby across the space and my husband kicks off his shoes. Soon a nurse comes and tugs the curtain back into place. Incoming patient. The curtain hangs from chains. Jostle them the tiniest bit and they make the sound of ice falling on a frozen lake.

*

Maria Hummel likes bread and butter.

*

Note:

Maria Hummel provides a link to her “favorite ruin,” Ft. Montgomery, a.k.a. “Fort Blunder.” This excerpt from “The Curtain” is part of the Stamps project at The Owls site. Click here to learn more >>

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s