Small stone #24

The new tarps have skinned the rooftop next door to protect against the rare winter rains: a carnival of orange and white over concrete and corrugated tin, the plastic pinned flat with abandoned luggage, broken tv sets, upturned chairs, strips of splintering lumber.

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Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

2 thoughts on “Small stone #24

    1. I suppose it is, though I’ve gotten used to looking at it. I actually posted pics of the roof next door for my second Photo blog entry:, if you want to see what it looked like eight months ago. The fourth pic in the series is a pretty good wide shot of the roof: This year the neighbors seem to have opted for clear plastic, like drop cloths, over the bright blue, but the orange is still a perennial favorite.

      In case anyone’s curious, our building and the one opposite us (across the roof in that fourth pic) are rather upscale, at least on the surface, and I half suspect whoever owns the little one-story building between us is preparing to tear it down in the next year or two. But that kind of dichotomy–old and dilapidated next to new and modern–is sort of a hallmark of the kind of growth that’s been going on here for the last couple of decades.

      BTW, Sam: I love people who use the word “ghastly”! 🙂

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