Just something I wrote recently, which I'm posting for the sake of posting something. I don't know what it's about. Anyone feel like writing the next bit?
EVERYTHING HAS A FACE
He wakes up, and everything has a face. The shirt he is wearing has a face. His boxer shorts. The footboard of his bed has a thin, wide smile, just a dark line, really, and small wide-set dots for eyes. The bed smiles a bit wider when it catches him looking at it. The eyes blink.
He doesn’t notice the faces right away. He’s myopic. In the shuffly morning he rises, has a pee, returns to the bedroom for his glasses, and then there they are. The endtable has a face. The mirror has a face. Two faces, now. Each of the four walls, the ceiling, the floor smile back at him. He examines his glasses. There is a tiny smiling face on the bridge, between the lenses.
Everything has a face. Everything that didn’t have a face already. Through his smiling window he sees happy buildings, distant, smiling mountains. The street has a face, one for each block. Trees, cars, public telephones, newspaper boxes, hydrants, signs, streetlamps. The people down on the street have faces. Their regular faces. They also have faces on each article of clothing, on the taut curve of an umbrella in the hand of a woman who hasn’t noticed it’s stopped raining. High above, the gray clouds have wispy, dreamlike smiles.
None of the people seem especially surprised by the faces.
He turns to look once more at his own room, and his eyes settle again on the bed. The bed grins a toothy grin. It seems really jazzed to have him looking at it so much.
“Can you talk?” he asks. The bed doesn’t say anything. It winks but it doesn’t say anything.