Throw Me Thursday: Sisyphus come rolling down the mountain side

Michal Marcol

I sat outside in the steam through the monsoon rains counting thunder and lightning, back when I was a smoker, when I was a wife.   –Chelsea Biondolillo  (and more)

Colorado rains come at 4 o’clock on back and front porches. Clove cigarettes, notebooks, the right kind of pens–you scrape yourself up off the basement floor and pack yourself in cut-offs and thrift store tanks.

This is no place for mountain green. Down here you walk dust over rail road ties, set your scalp out to broil at noon, snort factory farts like French perfume.

The day after you crash the car, you cut yourself at work and lose it in the boss’s office. This is what annihilation feels like.

Sisyphus is your role model.

When the rains come on Tuesday you stay in and roll a joint. Call your brother. He isn’t home or his phone is disconnected. You remember the Bobwhites with their nervous tucked-in heads. You remember their knife-sharp whistle. The way they fell from trees.

Wednesday you take a lunch break that doesn’t end. In the basement you load a backpack–clove cigarettes, notebooks, the right kind of pens, cut-offs, and thrift store tanks. A pair of rubber shoes that flap when you walk.

Dear Sweetie, you write. Happy Anniversary.


About E. Victoria Flynn

E. Victoria Flynn is a mother and a writer living in Southern Wisconsin. Published in a variety of venues, Victoria is currently writing the first in a series of three fantasy novels based on Cornish folklore. When not taking part in a shrieking dance party or engrossed in her own little fictions, Victoria is keen on art, the natural world and people unafraid to explore their own brilliance.
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7 Responses to Throw Me Thursday: Sisyphus come rolling down the mountain side

  1. The Girl says:

    Lovely, lady. Just lovely.

  2. Sonia Lal says:

    Very vivid bit of flash!

  3. This is very much the kind of thing I had in mind when I said use something about personal growth. What better than to discover an aspect of yourself you didn’t know existed?

    And aren’t we all a little like Sisyphus?

  4. Beth Hoffman says:

    Sharp as a blade! I love it.

  5. kario says:

    Tonic for my soul today! Thank you.

  6. Lisa says:

    “snort factory farts like French perfume”… lol!
    Beautiful ending. 🙂

  7. Christi Craig says:

    Thanks for letting me into this moment. And, I do love that song!

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