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