Refreshingly Unconcerned With the Vulgar Exigencies of Veracity
(Iain M Banks prompt)
Animal spotting through the grime speckled window
Blinking as sudden trees flash by.
You solemnly list; a hare,
Three deer, a fox family out shopping and –
Here you pause and glance up through your eyelashes to check my face.
Your brother, who currently – colossus like – tramples through your games
Snorts. and rolls his eyes.
Your lip quivers. You slip a fat paw confidingly into my hand.
Bravely – maybe it was just a horse. I only saw his back.
Decisively – instinctively complicit, I draw my line.
No, it was a unicorn.