“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” — Elsie de Wolfe

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Things I observed while waiting in a parked car

Today as I was

I saw
. . .

Rows of cars shepherded into lines

Black road worn tyres

A plastic bag floating on the wind.

Two women climb from a car, laughing
they clutched their bags close to their chest like children.
The sunlight glints on their glasses as they cross the road.

A small blue van pulls up next to me,
surreal graphics and a driver chewing gum.

A bird flies overhead.

A beeping forklift truck engages boxes in an agile ballet,
before disappearing into the dark warehouse.

A large white van reverses into the space beside me
door opens and a flourescent jacket with a man inside slides out.
He walks to the back doors, flings them open and begins to unload.

Small man, big glasses, emerges carrying two large silver bolts,
he jumps into his van and quickly drives away.

In my wing mirror I can see leaves dancing in the breeze.


Paul Andrew Russell said...

It's funny what we see when we take a few minutes to really look.

"What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare."

Susannah said...

Yes and it turns a boring wait into a fascinating one. :-)

Good to see you Paul.

Jennifer said...

Love your "snapshot" of a moment Susannah. This would be a fine exercise for any writer who says "I don't know what to write about."

I love how writers and artists never stop "seeing."

Susannah said...

Hi Jennifer,

you have inspired me to look at and notice things like this.

I have always noticed nature, colours and quirky stuff but watching people and situations has been inspired by reading your blog.

Thank you for expanding what I look for! :-)


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