A white cup of water, a tight embrace, a rough kiss on the cheek. I scampered away from the door and climbed up the couch. I perched my little being on the tip looking out through the windows. I never liked the grills that held me back. The gaps were too small.
Everything was beneath me, well, I lived way too high.
Sleeping neighbours, trees, black and white, a public bus. Where is he?
A tiny figure emerged, slightly unstable with heavy footsteps. His baggage was way too big. I slipped my arm through the grills, my face squashed against more grills. Sometimes I shouted.
I was only nine.
When I turned twenty I dreaded heading for that window. It was too tiresome. I dragged my grown feet up the sofa, slipped my hand out the grills when it was time and headed straight back. No screams, just a ritual, a sense of duty.
He stopped coming back and he took a piece of my belonging with him.
Out the door she went, with a piece of what's mine too.
It's all too familiar -- the same flush of liquid burns, the same dam broke.
That very same abandonment.