Longlisted for the Write about Walking A/way competition 2023
Someone has replaced the vape and takeaway debris that loitered here when I last walked this way with a trail of jasmine flowers, skyfall lucidae on sun-bleached asphalt.
At the canal, lovers on the towpath weave through willow fronds sure as a cleat hitch.A woman with proper running shoes
shares a metre with her lurcher— their loose-ankle skip wisps above the path like hovercraft.That one couple waiting at the school gate,
a generation older than the rest, the way he tucks her hair, bends to kiss, like she has nectar only he can siphon.And a girl, 6 or 7, calls out
over some back garden wall, Hello, Hello, You hear me?.... to all of us or none.
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