Yesterday, in my little corner of the world, we ran into some coincidental calamities, or nearly so….. all in the space of ten minutes.
I was driving east on the main street of town and was attempting to make a legal left turn to go northbound. A southbound vehicle on my intended route had his signal on to make a left turn, into my path, where it was strictly prohibited with numerous highly visible signs. When westbound traffic was clear, I began to make my turn, and he came out right in front of me. Had to slam on my brakes to avoid a collision. He acted as if it were my fault and made various rude gestures.
After that heart stopping moment, we continued up the street and I had to brake sharply once again. A little girl in a saggy diaper was running around in the middle of the roadway. I stopped abruptly and put on my flashers. My wife got out and took the little girl by the hand and asked her where she lived, quickly leading her to the side of the road. She called over to a woman who was doing some gardening and asked her if the child was hers. The woman came running out, picked up the girl, said an embarrassed thank you, and went into her house.
Five minutes up the road from there, just as we were leaving town, I nearly ran a dog over. It was off leash, but obviously owned by someone, having a collar and tag.
Maybe my planets are out of alignment, or something like that.
Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.