Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Still Here

I came across her name today on a sticky label after so
many years – it could be thirty – and I have no idea why,
whether it was written before or after she refused to walk
through the door I held open for her, or when she lost her
teenager child. Also on a video I shot around that time to
show all the staff at Christmas for fun, she is scowling and
saying something curt, but I think it was in a mocking
tone, certain this was after the door incident and before
her loss: I can’t imagine it is possible to play with anger
like that so near personal tragedy. And it isn’t just now I am
reminded of this, or how another colleague stood in front
of us reciting An Irish Airman Foresees His Death after
his son was killed whilst flying a plane, but it is not a
thought one holds each day like them, if they are still here.

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