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Monthly Archives: August 2013
30th August 2013 – customer
He stands at the supermarket checkout, wingeing. His balding head shines and his white shirt moves as he slings his shopping into the trolley. The cashier and I exchange a glance of exasperation as he witters.
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29th August 2013 – fruit fly
It flies lazily, in circles, above the kitchen compost bin. Its chestnut-brown tininess is nature’s deception. Its presence is a warning of a troublesome infestation.
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28th August 2013 – film night
Five people sit on red squashy sofas, intently watching the large TV screen. Engrossed in the story, experiencing the highs and lows together. A temporary bond but a powerful one.
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27th August 2013 – brush
I stroke it through her fur, leaving perfect lines. She loves its white plastic bristles, its red wooden back. Eventually she’ll start to play, but for now she just luxuriates.
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26th August 2013 – wasp
Hidden inside the beer bottle, it makes me start when it rushes out with the water. Drowned already, it lies on its back in the sink. An unloved insect, innocuous in death.
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25th August 2013 – bird
It sits in the undergrowth, wings stretched out in the sudden, late afternoon sun. As I approach, it flits low over my path and disappears. My spirit is lifted by this reminder of nature’s constant presence.
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24th August 2013 – black dog
He lies on the dashboard, his back pressed against the windscreen. His head flops disconsolately onto his front paws. His sorrowful eyes gaze at the pub entrance, all hope lost. A fog of depression fills the parked car.
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22nd August 2013 – earrings
They nestle in the little cardboard box on a pad of cotton wool. Her first pair of proper studs – little pink boots. She says they look like they are dancing on a cloud.
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21st August 2013 – plait
She starts it behind her head, then expertly flicks it round to the front and ties the end off with a hairband. She is so young yet growing fast, as the deftness of her plaiting shows.