I tugged on the blinds, so that they moved up,
an inch, a bit more than an inch;
how much is an inch anyway?
so that I could peer through the gap
(I bent and lifted the blind outwards a little)
and check whether it was sunny or not.
I needed to know,
so that I could get dressed.
Two people, standing on the sidewalk opposite me, across
the motorway off ramp –
hello. I did not want to see you there.
I happen to be wearing a shirt and undies
and that is why I am awkwardly peering around my annoying blind
(why not curtains, or blinds that have slits?)
I certainly don’t want to be waved at by strange people
staring at my dark window (why are they just standing there?
Weirdos) that I … may know?
I get my glasses to make sure.
I am still in just a T-shirt, but I manoeuvre. They will not see that.
I check again. Yes. they are strangers.
I squint at them for a bit.
I get dressed.