Three-fourths of this feeling comes from starting over with Crystal again. An unusual fourth comes from the house’s wide windows.
Come out with itsay something; this was your idea
How are you?
It’s not fine. Fixing this house won’t fix our marriage.
No one has ever lived here, even if they’ve walked here. This house and I are empty.
Never take risksStay safe. This house is safe.It takes an ill personto survive an ill house
It was dressed this time.It’s matured.
Nothing has changed since my high school graduationJesus. It’s really been six years since he went to the care facility. They didn’t let him take anything.
I’m not a dogI don’t want to perform affection.
Sometimes the devil might be right
I need to relax.Last night was probably a hallucination. I haven’t seen that thing since I was a child.
There’s an opossum on the porch
The creature isn’t humanIt’s a mimic of one, of me.
Is this Müllerian mimicry?
In that regardwe’re both mimics
Whether I was ever here or not I know this place was
Samir Sirk Morató is a scientist and an artist. They draw much of their inspiration from their love of horror movies and rural landscapes. Some of Samir’s other work can be found in The Hellebore Issue #5, Color Bloq’s RED collection, and The Sandy River Review 2020 edition.
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