At the door
by Patrick T. Reardon
A bike without brakes?
A rider who never learned to use them?
A frail neighbor woman on the sidewalk, Mrs. Murtaugh,
with a trace of blood near her glasses.
A boy back upstairs trying to forget.
A policeman at the door.
PHOTO: The author in 1957.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This is as far as I wanted to go in remembering that moment when I was seven or so.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patrick T. Reardon, the author of five books, is writing a history of Chicago’s elevated railroad loop and its impact on the development of the city.