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Accident - Joan McNerney

If only it had not rained the sky black and wet as

we hurried across streets. Perhaps had he worn a light coat it would have been easier to spot. Maybe if the cab driver were not so tired, if headlights shone brighter. How many hundreds of things lead him to that corner. For instance staying late to check computer printouts.

The cab driver had felt like going home at six but had a recent rent increase. Everything lead to the cab slipping along 3rd Avenue. Him in front of his office and then lunging out to avoid a puddle. There was no one to blame nothing to blame really not the rain or the dark coat not the dim lights nor the cab driver who would remember this always and sometimes blame himself. It was part of a series of events of time and place leading to this conclusion. An ambulance screamed down the avenue. His eyes wide open as he lay facing the black night. His time finished eyes opened as if staring at something quite different now. (C) Joan McNerney, 2019

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