A moment of calm by Joseph Shaffery

Portraits of women

A man in a suit walks past.
A man in a suit walks past as the tram rattles by.
A man in a suit walks past as the tram rattles by and the escalator speeds up. 
A man in a suit walks past as the tram rattles by and the escalator speeds up and the honk of a horn from a car in the street.
A man in a suit walks past as the tram rattles by and the escalator speeds up and the honk of a horn from a car in the street. A dog barks on the end of a lead, desperate to explore, against his owner’s will.
A man in a suit walks past as the tram rattles by and the escalator speeds up and the honk of a horn from a car in the street. A dog barks on the end of a lead, desperate to explore, against his owner’s will, then the shout of a lady as a bicycle swerves to miss her.
A man in a suit walks past as the tram rattles by and the escalator speeds up and the honk of a horn from a car in the street. A dog barks on the end of a lead, desperate to explore, against his owner’s will.
A man in a suit walks past as the tram rattles by and the escalator speeds up and the honk of a horn from a car in the street.
A man in a suit walks past as the tram rattles by and the escalator speeds up.
A man in a suit walks past as the tram rattles by.
A man in a suit walks past.
And then,

A moment of calm.

The sun breaks out of hiding and the sky looks a little more blue.
The petals from the blossom of the horse chestnut tree, pink and white, dance in the wind.
A waiter stands, arms folded, with a crisp white shirt and a black bow tie.
A hooded crow skips on the fresh grass, a reminder that the city is not only for people.
Uplifting, historical sounds float in on the breeze, that of Johann Strauss II’s Blue Danube.
With a deep breath in, a long breath out and a break of a smile, she is reminded of a busy world standing still.

 

 

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