“Trapped” — digital collage by AleXander Hirka (2021)

Friendly Fire

Coming From Behind and Inside

aleXander hirka
Rainbow Salad
Published in
4 min readNov 11, 2022

It hit from behind like a fighter’s fist
— hard — into the middle of his back.
Thud! — the sound of force hitting a body.
His mouth exhaled all breath at once.

From that center
— as if a big rock thrown into calm waters —
waves of pain rippled outward.
Upward into his shoulders, down to…



aleXander hirka
Rainbow Salad

Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe. https://alexanderhirka.nyc