Skittish as a kitten in heels she darted
between pavement ranks of quiffed,
draped crows, their caws and whistles
shrilled through nicotine stained teeth:
local wildlife flocking for opening time.
Dignity shone from whitened knuckles
as her grip tightened on the pushchair
laden with children, shopping and worry
that we’d miss the bus: any in her way
would be roadkill.