Patrick T. Reardon in 1957
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.

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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.