A Person Unknown

It’s strange to see the leaves still green or just turning and snow on the ground. Gloomy too. That suits my mood– don’t have to keep a smiley face on Halloween.

In honor of Samhain, an excerpt from story I wrote for Newport Review… The central character was my roommate for a time, until she moved on.

A Person Unknown

I sit by my window as darkness falls this Samhain season and I shuffle the cards, scanning the horizon for storm clouds. My only company is the person unknown. She is frighteningly beautiful, more than an ordinary possession. She wears a face of power and dignity, the face of the goddess Durga, the face of truth. Her jaw is sharp and classic. She is S-curves from head to toe–one of god’s perfect designs. A bare tree, a dragonfly, a river delta–what is left when all is lost. A person not in time, but in eternity.

She was imported and sold in the bone trade. I know nothing about her, except that she was female, small, and poor, and the poor have to sell their labor, their hair, their bodies. I often wonder who she was, but her inscrutable grin reveals nothing.

For the rest of the story of the Person Unknown, go to Newport Review, here.

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4 responses

  1. Thank you for sharing these contributions, Ninjanurse. Outstanding!!!

  2. Too bad the writings in the Newport Review are not more widely available

    1. thanks Barry. Kathryn Kulpa is the editor, and she publishes quarterly– really good writing by new authors.
      You can link to the Newport Review here

      http://newportreview.org/

  3. “The bone trade”!

    Chilling.

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