Doorway Smokers

They always take me by surprise, standing as they do in that little doorway along Chalybeate Street. They stand on a little step and are tucked away in the doorway so I don’t see them at first. And in the dark, especially it is very disconcerting to come upon them. He’s seen them too. They smoke there.

There was Missing Cat notice lying on the ground near where the Eddie Stobart lorries turn into the back of Tesco’s, where the loading bays are. It was curved as if it had been attached to a lamppost or tree. Does anyone ever get their cat back that way? I suppose it stops them feeling completely helpless. I wonder if that family in Nantwich had their two black Labradors returned.

The snow did come.

By Ellen Bell

Artist and writer currently living in Aberystwyth.