before I knew what I’d done
I suggested visiting the local megaplex
so she could find a dress
not fully comprehending the crowd situation
the sight of a mother in Myer
searching for one kid
while the other starts to wander off, too
people dodging one another
in a fight to the front
of one of many
identically long Kmart queues.
it’s hard to feel like going out
when I can stay home
listening wistfully to the Radio Dept
while we hang out the washing.