Going Straight by Gillian Popplewell

First breaths

Cold air

Autumn.

Head down

Cigarette lit

Keep walking.

Footsteps

Don’t look back

Don’t turn around

Straight ahead.

Into taxi

Silence

Can’t speak

Pray driver doesn’t.

Check pocket

Change

Notes

Breathe.

Strange tune

Never heard it

Shop gone

Didn’t know

One-way street

Had forgotten.

Look in mirror.

O.K.

Check watch

Clear throat

Driver speaks

Reply.

Day one

Begins.