The Corner of the Eye


I was staring intensely at the computer screen

not even a blink could break the spell

concentrating all my attention on one point

that I hadn’t noticed

the fact that I could no longer see anything

before me


out of the corner of my eye

movement alerted me to the world changing around me

a man appeared

on a roof

gingerly making his way from one end to the other

a tightrope walker

measuring the past

as each footstep took him forwards

my loss of focus

became fascinated by his focus

one wrong step

one fatal distraction


“I’ve got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?”
― Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof