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From a window, a woman watches the lowering sun

throw shadows across a forest in Gotland.


Near Chicago, a landscape architect jogs round the lake,

wondering when he'll next create a new park.


From bed, in a cottage at the top of a hill in Rathmullan,

a bereaved mother binge-watches Offspring.


A small girl from Kigali Instagrams her first ever

mandazi with cinnamon.


At a stop sign on an empty street in Bologna,

a man clutches his chest.

A boy stares at fish, visible, still, below the frozen lid

of a pond in Ontario, and tries to break open a hole.


In La Paz, a toddler stares up at her father,

as he resists embracing her gran on her birthday.


A newly-retired chef leaves a Cajun fish stew

on the window sill at a neighbour’s in Weymouth.


Down a laneway in Adelaide, a driver beep-beeps

as his lorry reverses, spooking a horse with a rider.


In Zimbabwe, a guy in a Landrover crosses a vlei

to watch lion approaching a pan.


After another digital school day, a teenager drops

from a bridge in Beijing.


Hour after hour in Phnom Penh, a writer taps at a keyboard,

bottle of vodka beside him.

A single mum in Dundrum, with a son doing the Leaving,

calls Niall on the radio.


In a care home on Jeju, a five-year-old’s grandfather dies

as, outside, her breath clouds over the window.


On the island of Aran, a lad waves at the stranger

he plans to meet and invite on a date.

At the Cork South Infirmary, a woman is told that her test

is negative, her relief, so enormous, she longs to hug someone.

Afric McGlinchey




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