Monday, January 30, 2023

What writing - Curb

 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.

Thump, scrape,

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.

No change.

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.

She's loyal,

To a fault.

It took every ounce of strength I had to not gasp. 

Or gag.

© 2023 Sue Schnitzer