I almost hit caroljones today.
not on purpose – I think.
I turned the corner
and there she was, walking to work.
I slammed on my brakes.
she stopped and looked at me
with wide eyes and a nervous air.
I think that is what a rabbit looks like when an eagle circles above.
I clean-mouth cursed (“booger-snot-teepee!”) and waited.
she continued to look at me with wide eyes.
I waved for her to continue.
she finally resumed her walk, as a prisoner walking the plank.
she got halfway across.
I drove past.
we never spoke of this.