Rainy Afternoon in the Gallery — Julia Retkova

A tableau before you:
grey room, lone table, Dutch sparsity,
and in the background, on the hook, a scarf—
blaring red,
abundantly, obtrusively, so
(it keeps shifting, jumping form one object to another, one shape to another,
first the scarf, yes, then the wilted flower, then the slice of bread, then the windowsill—
the painter, blinded,
burning the whole damn thing to the ground)

Julia Retkova is a King’s College graduate student currently working on her Master’s dissertation in Digital Studies while running a small online literary journal called Nymphs. She loves reading books in the sun and writing when everyone’s fast asleep. Her stories have been previously published in Storgy magazine and Literally Stories magazine.