Sunday, December 06, 2009


The elements mixed in me

The mum and I are walking up the road. A bloke coming the other way is talking intently into his phone.

As he passes us, he announces: "Listen, you lay a finger on your mother again and I'll come down there and kick the shit out of you."

My mother bursts into raucous laughter at this. I wish myself invisible.


"Indeed, ancient flower," says the dad, apropos of nothing.

Startled, I glance over at where he is sitting, newspaper in hand, pen at the ready. Realisation dawns.

"How many letters?" I ask.

He looks at me, perplexed.

"I'm doing the sudoku."

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