He runs;
early enough to hear the imam’s call
high in the mosque’s minaret.

Feet pounding tar,
he passes catholic schoolgirls
getting off a bus
outside the convent.

His breath steaming,
he trots by pious men with earlocks
walking slowly, in pairs
to the Chester road synagogue.

He thinks of tolerance,
then gives it up
to contemplate toast.

©Cindy Taylor 2009


  1. Love how he embraces the religious diversity without breaking stride . . . and then turns his attention to the breakfast waiting for him at home.


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