Late in the afternoon I sit at the counter of the small diner sipping vanilla coke watching the day turn into night or dollar green. I am hot and tired and mostly luckless, angry too, my new love dying so soon. I dream myself into a hot soak in a fancy clawed foot bath tub sinking my dusty body beneath lilac scented bubbles. I imagine lying back, my eyes closed, as hot water flicks at rosy nipples. I am what one might call self-employed these days.
Settling for a motel shower I scrub my body that smells of dusty magnolias with lilac scented oil until it glimmers like alabaster. Gingerly stepping into a black sheath, slipping on silver seamed stockings and stiletto heels, I make my way onto Bourbon Street. At the corner the sounds of a sax carries through the open door of a dimly lit bar, it drifts up the alley over the faded roof of a sad brothel. From my booth I stare through a prism of glass at the Dog Star and blow a kiss to the man in the moon already yawning at the deep purple sky.Β Β 

143 thoughts on “Lily Was Here

  1. This was incredible, Holly! ❀ Such an enchanting blend of evocative imagery here – great noir atmosphere of a finely dressed belle in a smoky downtown bar. Gorgeous! πŸ˜€

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  2. “…sipping vanilla coke…” I haven’t heard of vanilla coke in a long long time. Self employment has in ups and downs.

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  3. A brilliant piece of prose, dear Holly.
    It’s saturated with the music here… Candy & Dave.
    A great connect between an abstract feel, and a definite vision.
    xoxoxo

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          1. Hahaha! I drew Rebecca Budd in her MC outfit for “A Carnival of Color”.
            She looks like a pimp from the 1970’s .LOLOLOL I might have to redo it!

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          2. Let me see if I can improve it, tonight!
            My artist instincts tell me it will just be pimp enhanced. I might start trying to improve it… but quit. Whatever, I will send it to you tomorrow. lolololol

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          3. It’s actually EMMY voting time! I’ve got 1 week left, and there’s a lot to watch.
            I’m watching screen in screen, while I use my computer.
            I’ll be spending lots of time doing this for a week. I’m honored to be a member of The Academy! xoxoxoxoxo

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          1. I just wasn’t getting the wow factor. If it hadn’t been for our last bathroom which was two rooms and a landing all knocked into one, I’d have thought this one was a very good size and it was time to make it stand out more. Of course I had to get it round the Mr. But I promised that if I started and it didn’t look right, I’d paint over it. So it is kind of dramatic now!! Lol… You have a lovely day too.

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