Castle Hill, New South Wales, Australia
I see her every day, walking to work in her careful frock, her small cardigan or coat, according to the weather. Mid-heel courts, neat bag. She is on time and walks smartly. She is to be trusted with the office accounts. If I don't see her, it is me running late. Caught in traffic, or delayed by school children dawdling on the road. You could set a clock by her. Today she has a furled umbrella against the prospect of rain.
rain on the windscreen
the umbrella I left
lying on my bed