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HIGH WINDOW

Updated: Jan 26

I move my desk from its spot facing the radiator

to a braver place by the window

There is more to distract me here:

light, storms, snow.

 

Four boys in fake Money-Saving-Expert sweatshirts

swagger by with clipboards and salesman bravado.

 

An ambulance pulls up at the house opposite

and paramedics dash in to save a neighbour

who I haven’t seen since the crazy days of pot banging.

 

A transit van turns the corner

and I spot the driver’s ancient face crack open

in a widemouthed grin of real wonder.

 

What the fuck?

Man or maniac or monster?

 

Light and angle obscure him for a beat

and then I see. I understand.

On the seat beside him, backward-facing,

is a baby.

It's lovely.

Heart-warming.

(I make a quick note of the number plate

in case this is a kidnapping.)

 

Later, a woman walks past

followed by a dog with a man on a lead.



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