Neil Reeder

Consequence (“God does not play dice”, Albert Einstein, 1926)

Evening has shifted to night

As bystanders huddle for warmth round pubs

I’m pressing hard on pedals

speeding through air full of talk

of myopic referees, chocolate brands
and public spen…

Red car door flung
grip, blink, BAM


Time blurs. Time cracks

Time resumes, body intact

on a shuddered bike beside a spread of sparkling glass

The driver brings plasters for cuts


Only later do I wonder

was I fortunate or unlucky or does fate mean

that there was no chance involved at all?


Neil Reeder


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