by Paula Fusco
VICIOUS – yellow-chalked, on her front door.
Twenty-second word in as many weeks.
Unwanted words, appalling, unnerving, at first.
Night after black coffee night, staked-out behind her parlour window, keen to catch the unseen hand, red-handed.
But as the alphabet progresses, so anticipation grows.
She takes to prediction, exhilarated when her word matches his: P for PERFIDIOUS: T for TWISTED.
Four more words and then the alphabet is done.
She hopes for WRETCH or X-RATED, YEARN or ZERO.
And prepares to mourn the coming loss of yellow-chalked admonishments on her front door.
Paula Fusco, who was born in Belfast and now lives in Surrey, where it’s warmer, hopes that her readers will share her passion for the absurd.