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POETRY & PUNCH PROSE

LINGER Sheridan Vance

Piano notes echo throughout the house. Dogs slide on wooden floors to greet you in the living room. Bright light seeps through open windows, encouraging peace lilies underneath to grow. Spices from the kitchen linger in each room, drawing you closer. The dining room chandelier refracts light across the wooden table your uncle made, and green velvet chairs surround the table at attention, ready, and hoping for the next family gathering. The backyard blooms with hydrangeas and canna lilies from our granny’s house. Leyland cypresses line the inner haven, and white wisteria scales the black iron fence. This is the house that your parents are supposed to grow old in, the house you will visit with your own children one day. But something slips in, like wind around old windows, changing everything, like the shade of someone who lost sight of home. The piano falls silent. Kitchen tiles chill bare feet. Vacant bedrooms fill with relics and photographs. Light is blocked by curtains, stopping at the window. It is winter. A two-story colonial with pillars and wide oak doors becomes a second story apartment, indistinguishable from the others. Beige. Everything is beige. Walls and carpet. Cardboard boxes absorb all light. Unfamiliar sounds enter. No music, just screaming neighbors. Noise.

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Profile for Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art

Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

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