The morning after

“The Lady of Shallot,” John William Waterhouse, 1888

“The Lady of Shallot,” John William Waterhouse, 1888.

Something heavy was pulling the back of her skull hard against wood, the only solid thing in this grey fuzz that filled her mind’s eye.  She heard birdsong, smelled plants and flowers.

Muse shifted her weight, trying to summon the courage to force her gummed eyelids open, felt aches and pains all over.  Felt whatever she was in rocking from side to side, as she was in a boat, in water.

Water?  She opened her eyes, squinting in the daylight, tried to remember.

Last night, absinthe, man playing piano…

She put her hand up to her head, groaned.




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6 Responses to The morning after

  1. I loved this read – an oasis in a hectic morning. Not an oasis of calm, but that’s not a problem for me!
    Great choice of painting too – I can’t help but think of certain lines from Tennyson’s poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ when I see this:

    ‘Out flew the web and floated wide –
    The mirror crack’d from side to side;
    “The curse is come upon me,” cried
    The Lady of Shalott.’

    Absinthe, by the way – nice touch.

    • Thanks – the picture was The Lady of Shallot,” John William Waterhouse, 1888, posted on Flash! Friday as a writing prompt. The painting was based on Tennyson’s poem though 🙂

  2. misskzebra says:

    I’m a big fan of the Emilie Autumn song that’s based on the poem.

  3. djmatticus says:

    Absinthe… a buddy of mine got a bottle while he was visiting family in Germany a few years ago. We weren’t all that impressed. It didn’t have a very strong flavor to speak of, and we didn’t experience any of the side effects it is famous for. Then again, perhaps we did and just didn’t realize it… that might explain a lot. 😉

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