You’ll see her, perhaps, if you take the time to look. She’s there, in the crowd, or perhaps at the edge. She’s there, in the park, in the cafe, on the bus, at the school gates. She has a beautiful smile. She talks to those around her: she engages. But if you do spot her, if you notice her, you’ll see that whilst she talks, nobody ever really gets close. Nobody ever gets close. If they did, they might see that the beautiful smile never reaches the eyes. Make sure she never notices you noticing, because nobody ever survives that.
© David Jesson, 2018