Five Minutes

black cat in wisteria
I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with C …

December sun warming bare skin. Pigeons roosting in holes in the wall, nibbling their feathers and bobbing their heads. The gentle, constant whirr of an extractor fan. A line of gossamer flying past, seeming to float on sunlight. Tiny flies and dust motes, glinting white and gold. A black cat creeping through the wisteria, six foot from the ground and out of reach of the overly-friendly AmStaff galumphing below. The putt-putt-putt of an ancient moped, slowing to a halt and idling outside the window. A rasping, cigarette-tinged yell from inside: “Ahò!” The moped turns and goes away again. A whirling cloud of gnats tornadoes through and disappears as quickly as they arrived. Sheets and towels waft gently, every so often pushing a scent of detergent and sunlight (fresh air? ozone?) into the room. A clattering of plates and a humming of voices. Knife slamming on chopping board. Hammer tapping on wall. Car horns tooting distantly.

The sun goes in.

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Kate Bailward is a cat-loving, trifle-hating, maniac driver. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
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3 Responses to Five Minutes

  1. Krista says:

    I’m so glad you’re writing again. :-) You transport so exquisitely with your words. xo
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  2. Oh, bless you, Krista! It’s people like you that make me want to write more. Thank you so much for reading and commenting with lovely words xxx

  3. Dawn Spencer says:

    I really love this. I found your blog through another website article on moving to Italy. My husband Todd and I are planning on moving to Italy. We need to learn to speak the language, identify the money, etc. I read the story of how you came to Italy not knowing more than a couple Italian words and instantly felt hope. Thank you for doing what you do. :o)

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