Zebulon Huset is a San Diego-based writer and photographer. His writing has recently appeared in The Southern Review, Louisville Review, Meridian, North American Review, The Cortland Review, The Portland Review and The Texas Review, among others. He has worked on several literary magazines, including serving as managing editor of the Seattle Review, he publishes a writing prompt blog (Notebooking Daily) and his flash fiction submission guide was reposted at The Review Review.
Rainy Staycation Hymn
By Zebulon Huset
Somewhere between stacks
of flat-packed laminate
and shining rows
of chrome shower nozzles
shown like taxidermied robot heads,
you squeezed my ass and giggled
and nodded at the door
and we hurried
from the hardware store without the sealant
we'd walked there for.
It would rain
all week and the roof would leak
through the light socket until it shorted
and we would run to the corner bodega
sharing one pocket-sized umbrella
to buy one-dollar
glass-wrapped Sacred Heart of Jesus candles
and a box of red wine.
And even though
we didn't exactly pray for serenity or solace
while staring into their quivering light—
to the subtle soundtrack of rain caught in pans
patting a sweet steel drum rhythm—
we made love
for the fourth time in a week
for the first time in years. Amen.