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six seconds on a sunny afternoon.

No smoke

No flames

No dust

No person

Standing at the side of the road

No movement

At all

Serenity, almost

On this lovely blue-sky day


Up ahead

At the roundabout - there -

A cop car

Blocks the way onto that side of the A16

That side of the Armco

As the girl in blue

 - no more than twenty - slows and

Stops her running

Alongside of the white car

Wrapped, Wrapped, Wrapped

Wrapped unawares

Around that tree

Six feet off the ground

Level with the road above

She puts her hand to her mouth

Covers her mouth wide-eyed


In that universal gesture

Of disbelief.