The Turquoise Gate
The gate at the top of the stairs is old.
Turquoise paint peels off the metal.
It's wet from the rain.
I fiddle with the latch & I think I have it closed.
I push to test it but it swings open.
I pull it closed & try again because I know what's coming.
The rain obscures everything in my field of vision.
The rain bounces off the white marble steps that lead up to the house.
The rain is a dense white veil.
I can see nothing.
Then I can.
The image is blurred but it is there.
A small dark form.
It's closer than I thought because I didn't see it coming.
And it's closer now.
And the latch will not fasten.