FAMILY OUTING

A man rides a bicycle:
his tiny daughter
propped on the handlebars;

his only son on the fender;
his wife of so few years
close to his arms, uncomfortable,

but smiling as the path,
slowly up till now
leaves, by common sense

held back, this family
clinging each to the other
while the bike blunders

down gullies, buoyed
by the sprung umbrella of their cries.
Sprawled below, the man

seems to be resting.
Hunched among lifeless
boulders, the children

and young mother
lose themselves in a game of hide
and seek. Playing

dead till… ally ally in free!
raises their spirits.
The bicycle nowhere

to be seen.
If this were a still life,
would the rain

fall
so
hard?

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