This is the second of a series of twelve pieces written at a desk in front of a shuttered window. I was taken with how a simple adjustment of the slats affected perception – that what I saw was only a disjointed portion of what there was to see. The series was originally published in the anthology Terra Firma, and made its first appearance on the blog in 2014.
Of them, children seem the least
affected, being closer to the earth’s
grasp. How they
double then recede with laughter,
little forms flitting by the embrasure
like unwary birds or small
dogs. They too arrive in innocence,
intent in that fragile moment of interest
and play, focus of another.
Still or moving, the eye captures them.