Snapshots I am a camera collecting images a magpie laughing warning ha ha ha Ha Ha glinting black pure white hopping sideways confident intelligent sharing my Mancunian lawn a swan in flight compass-straight crossing the bottle-necked highway slow wings conducting its own fugue commuting towards the evening sun unaware of fuming M60 motorists two grim-reapers sitting in a polished hearse suits black collars stiff hair grey hiding their planned arrival from the grieving souls ignoring double-yellow lines timing death to the suburban second my parents in old age sitting side-by-side leafing through the years pointing turning smiling fondly sharing landscapes of their urbane lives I am a camera collecting images Naomi Matthews
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