This encounter took place on a quiet, rainy Sunday afternoon. Mother, as she was later to describe the event to me, had entered the living room, clad in a sky-grey pantsuit and donning the usual tight white bun at the nape of her stalwart neck. It was here that the nude object had confronted her. A tumescent protuberance, it had obliquely squatted there in the center of the room, occupying a spot on the oak flooring that theretofore had been known only to hold sunlight, a drowsy cat, or an occasional dust particle. In any case, Mother assured me that she had never encountered this lobulate phenomenon before.
Yet here it was, transgressing her habitat, a humus-hued deformation somewhat resembling a pregnant sofa or an engorged boa constrictor.
“What are you?” Mother had croaked hoarsely, when she had gotten over her initial shock. “Are you a sentry, conjured here by the maledictions of a demented wizard?” Fingering the object’s rough, earthy woven fabric, Mother had suddenly been engulfed by a libidinal force more powerful than any she had ever before reveled in. She had wanted more than anything to be enveloped by the creamy canapé, to be enshrouded in its cavity, engulfed by its enticing existence. Her desire had transported her to titillating dimensions.
“I am simply a rainy-day canapé,” the object had insisted, its voice matter-of-fact as tree bark. “Do not fetishize me, upright lady, simply recline appropriately upon my seat and be contented. I have appeared here in order to suffocate your corrosive boredom.”
Mother, salivating, had undressed herself and tenderly lunged into the fistulate lap of the embracing sofa. The canapé had presumably dilated and swelled around her reveling form. By the time I entered the room it was already too late. The piece de resistance had entirely straight-jacketed and digested Mother, who now existed only as a dark, effluviate mass on the living room floor. I am left to record her barely perceptible mumblings as she fades into obsessive dementia, entombed forever by the swollen canapé.