I watch her watch herself, pale, slender fingers pressed against her flat stomach. She gives an uncertain sigh as she turns this way and that, twirling a lock of hair in her pale, slender fingers and trying to look disinterested in her own reflection.
She reaches into a tiny purse, eventually, and pulls out a tube of mascara. Her eyes widen to marbles as she teeters close to the mirror, applying her armor stroke by stroke by stroke.
She knows that I am watching her now (I wobble hazily in the mirror), so I look away for a moment, and by the time my eyes dart back to hers, her eyelashes flutter pitch black Like ink spilling from a fountain pen.
I can tell she’s still looking at her stomach And she can tell I’m still looking at her, so she murmurs something like acknowledgement and brushes past me. Watching her walk away feels wrong, so I look down at my hands instead, red and pruny from the hot water seeping down the drain.
blood blood patter and splash leads us concrete toward tracing back til the scene i’ve flashing thoughts of the brutality the violence that must of cussed between persons in fear fray and inebriation
down the steps my four year old child and I go the greasing bleed in bronze putters growing and leadening on stone labours
glowing citrus the refrigeration of the underpass ‘flips the bird' at the summer blaze grey dead coral bricks of urination seasoned in deep beading now cold the broke up weapon candy slates of brittle teeth glass / bottle / beer /brown the neck its' hilt and the main mud of the bleeding
the flies are the thing that bothers my ‘little nipper’ usually a flapper of queries on repetition no other queries are raised just eager for the vibration of train carriages gatling over our heads
i stopper any words i may have on the matter he holds my hand with his hot hand we progress under a port arms procession of caged floodlights and walled in by fresh graffiti fingers dripping retching for the guttering
on thickened walls painted on over and over by the neighbourhood watch a narrowed burrow