Observation, Winter 1990

Four girls dressed alike walk across a lawn.
Four bouncy girls with spindly legs in suffocating black tights
below short, faded, splayed blue skirts
crush the grass with sullen brogues.
Above their waists, pastel blouses flop out of stunted jackets.
It looks like a school uniform, but I’m afraid it’s in fashion.

(First published in Wasteland)