Pupils. Shiny and black as crow feathers.
Smiles like Tippi Hedren’s gold necklace.
Mother. Punctures her bird calls.
The shower curtain pulls.
THE VERTIGO EFFECT 1958
The camera is unfocused. Unlike James Stewart’s blue eyes
The leading female falls to her death twice. Once as Madeleine.
Again as Judy.
The mission bell rings.
He pulls the knife from his back.
The plane dives like kamikaze birds.
The gun loaded with blanks.
Hanging off the faces of giants.
The original end footage censored.
He watches them through his window like live television.
Sees the wife has gone missing.
The trunk is tied with rope.
Hitchcock’s villains always lurking in the shadows.
The bulb flashes. Then flashes. Then flashes.
His fingers clasp to the window ledge.
Adam Petrash is a writer, poet, and journalist from the Canadian Prairies. He lives and writes in Winnipeg.