It’s Nice To Be Dressed For A Change

It is just another ordinary day,
on Normal Terrace.
Two-thirty in the afternoon,
the sun is out, now-and-then,
in the partially cloudy/blue
Springtime sky overhead.
A Council Worker is,
not exactly busy but working,
trimming a roadside tree.
The schoolchildren
are all in school,
and the Main Drag
looks quite quaint,
in a very British
small Village kind of way.
Folk are strolling-by
at a half-walk,
and someone’s even riding a bicycle.
The only thing wrong with this picture,
is Mary, in her Charity Shop
shoes, blouse and trousers,
sitting at a table
outside the Rosebud Café
with a Carer
from St. Donald’s Mental Hospital
situated up on top of Reservoir Hill.
It’s her 2nd day of
‘Reintroduction Into The Community’
and her Border Collie
enthusiastic smiling
is making every decent local feel ill.

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer, who’s currently up to his elbows in Magic, and long may it remain this way. Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.