Round the Corner

I hear them around the corner high lilting voices I pause to listen

dog got hit by a car is he okay? dad took him to the hos-ti-pal I mean… the vet he had blood on his leg is he gonna be okay? we have to go back tomorrow what did your dad say? nothing he just looked sad

I round the corner and see them they see me small pale faces look up at me as I pass them their mouths are lines drawn on