What Writing - Set 4. Five minutes
Bad luck with curbs
The sound and bump when the car tire hit a metal piece sticking out of the curb
Didn't see it
Until after the jolt
When I got out of the car and watched as the tire flattened.
The car slowly settled as the tire deflated.
ANother time, another place,
A car coming from the other direction was crossing into my lane
As I rounded the curb.
So I cut the corner a little more tightly than usual.
Why does it sound so loud from inside the car?
Parked and looked.
Exhaled in relief
Scraped plastic hubcap no tire damage.
I shuffled to the store,
Checked the tire after shopping
Checked it every time i drove for the next few days.
Got off easy that time.
Watching as the surgeon removed the bandage from my daughter's ankle
Several days after surgery
She slipped on a curb while walking her roommate's dog
Snow and ice on the ground
He couldn't be bothered.
So she was out there.
To a fault.
It took every ounce of strength I had to not gasp.
© 2023 Sue Schnitzer