Red thread on a branch in St James Park

Don’t Touch in St James Park

St James Park on a week day afternoon in March.

Impressions: White sky thick with cloud.  Sweet, ice-creamy smell of blossom.  Heaving with tourists dawdling and suits marching through.  A festival of waterfowl and birds, majestic pelicans, swans.  Squawking, hissing, clucking, sirens, variety of languages.  Weeping willows, bursting buds, low loopy fencing, so many flowers.  A swathe of shrivelled daffodil corpses.  Yellow daffodils, white daffodils with orange noses.  Don’t feed the wildlife, don’t chase the waterfowl, don’t touch the pelicans.

Question: What do you wish to touch or do that you’re not allowed to?  And how would it feel to break that rule?



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