ONE LEGGED ANNE AND THE ICE-CREAM.
You pushed Anne in her wheelchair along the path by the beach having left the nursing home behind having gone through the back gate unseen what will they say when they see we’re not there? you asked we’ll say we were kidnapped by pirates she said they won’t believe that you said who gives a damn she replied here we’ve got freedom and sea air away from the peering eyes and all you worry about is what they’ll say you pushed her slower to hear what she was saying they’re suffocating me
Skinny kid I can’t breathe shut up there with kids gawking at my one leg and stump now push on and faster she said you pushed her faster looking over your shoulder to see if anyone was following you but none was where are we going? you asked forward and into battle she said laughing waving a hand in the air drawing the attention of people walking along the path and some on the beach there Kid there she said pointing to an ice-cream van by the side of the path got any money Kid? she asked no I haven’t
you said lucky for you then that I have she said all this fucking way with no ice-cream and I’d have been pissing myself with frustration she muttered as we approached the van what are you having Kid? you stared at the list on the window of the van one of those you said pointing out an ice-cream in a cone two of those she said to the ice-cream man he made up two ice-creams and handed them to her and she gave him the money and you pushed her by the side of the beach where she gave you one and you sat
on the side of a low wall and sucked away thank you you said you’re welcome Kid she said and anyway take it is a reward for helping me out of the bath last night you looked away and felt yourself blush she smiled her upper lip touched by ice-cream her eyes on you anyway Kid enjoy the day don’t have regrets for not doing and she sucked away some more as you watched the incoming waves rushing on the peopled shore.