Everything Is the Same
by Bernice Holtzman
The room is quiet, like
yesterday. The shadows fall in the same way, making the same shapes, as
familiar as the furniture. The sheets still feel cool, the walls are still
blue, the plant on the windowsill still leans toward the sun.
His leaving had no significance
Everything is the same.
The curtain ripples from the
breeze, the way it always does. He wouldn’t be here at this time of day. He
would be working. The floor still shines from the wax. Its wooden boards are
still different shades. Later he would be with the girl, whose name she knows
but won’t bring herself to say. The sheets are still white. She didn’t think
The walls are still blue. The
vase is still ceramic, with painted tulips. Except for a hairline crack, from
the impact—that would have to be fixed—it looks the same.
The walls are still blue, with
dark red speckles.
She didn’t think he’d
The floor is still different
colors, and now it has one more. He is still here.
Everything is exactly the same.
© 1999 Bernice
Bernice Holtzman is an author of poems, short fiction,
autobiographical pieces, two (so far) children’s stories, and all manner of
clever commentary. Her work has appeared in The National Poetry Magazine of
the Lower East Side. That was 30 years ago, and she’s still talking
Hillary Lyon is an illustrator for horror/sci-fi and pulp fiction websites and magazines.
She is also founder and senior editor for the independent poetry publisher, Subsynchronous
Press. An SFPA Rhysling Award nominated poet, her poems have appeared in journals
such as Eternal Haunted Summer, Jellyfish Whispers, Scfifaikuest, Illya’s
Honey, and Red River Review, as well as numerous
anthologies. Her short stories have appeared recently in Night
to Dawn, Yellow Mama, Black Petals, Sirens Call, and Tales
from the Moonlit Path, among others, as well as in numerous horror
anthologies such as Night in New Orleans: Bizarre Beats from the Big Easy, Thuggish
Itch: Viva Las Vegas, and White Noise & Ouija Boards. She
appeared, briefly, as the uncredited "all-American Mom with baby" in Purple Cactus
Media’s 2007 Arizona indie-film, "Vote for Zombie." Having lived in France,
Brazil, Canada, and several states in the US, she now resides in southern