Self-Indulgent Sunday

Defying what she imagines to be natural, there are these huge crimson pink tropical orchids sitting demandingly in her kitchen. One branch has been honoured with a delicate vase and now graces the Sunday afternoon’s sun dappled table. The light’s streaming through the glass conservatory windows where other lush tropical mysteries flourish. It’s a warm spring day at last in Sydney’s inner west. She sits there with the morning’s sex on her mind while contemplating her housemate’s new fish.

Every week there seems to be an additional tank in the house. Each one slightly larger than the last. Perhaps her house mate wishes he were really a fish, readily forgetting his past, happy for each new repeating moment, eager for fish flakes. Its funny how we build these castles. Or maybe he just needs something to care for, to depend on him, to make him feel needed (add to the 50+ fish, 15 finches and a new puppy).

But she doesn’t need to go there. He’s really just a bit part in her life anyway. It really is, and always has been, just her – her own best friend and enemy. After all, there she is at home alone now with this wonderful menagerie as antidote for the reflectivity of her hermit. Yet she feels she should go out, at least sit in the sunshine. It’s as if the day deserves, demands at least that from her.

But she is firmly stuck, in an odd mentally turmoiled world of asylum seekers, terrorist plots, relationship junkies and pieces of her indulgent crimson petalled heart.

She finds herself wishing she were a simple and fatalistic fish. Then, as a petal falls silently from the tropics, she impulsively slips suddenly out of her clothes and runs naked into the delicately scented sun garden – into the showers of dancing sunbeams.

Self-Indulgent Sunday

Robert Knapman

Adelaide, Australia

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