Tulips in the Dark

by Thomas Beller

04/20/2005

72 perry st ny 10014

Neighborhood: West Village

I saw Ed in the shadows on Perry street. A streelamp must have gone out because it was very dark. There was a helicopter circling the neighborhood, it’s spotlight straffing.

“A sign of things to come,” he said, as though they were looking for him.

A couple of houses down from where Ed sat there was a thickly planted bed of tulips, their bulbs near to bursting but still unopened. They huddled together in the dark like a SWAT team ready to deploy. Patient, silent. As though the helicopter’s spotlight was looking for them.

**

More about Ed here here, and here.

Comments
Rate Story
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

§ Leave a Reply

Other Stories You May Like

Nearby West Village Stories

Heading Down on the Bloody F

by

I get on the downtown F train at W. 4th street, it’s a Saturday at 1:30 a.m. The car is [...]

Me and My Cane

by

A knee injury forces one New Yorker to slow down.

Viva La Vita

by

For a frustrating period of several months, my roommate decided on a daily basis if she was vegan or not. [...]

At the Minetta Tavern Without Joe Gould

by

The Minetta Tavern was once home to homeless Joe Gould, object of Joseph Mitchell’s writing.

Twilight in the Toy Shop

by

A story of cowardice, racism, and ignorance at a beautiful, liberal-friendly, non-corporate toy boutique