Eva Collins : Photographs and Writing


First Things First

We wash dishes
before going to the Opera.

Flirt with the next door neighbour before rescuing a child.

Get jilted
before meeting the love of our life.

before divorcing.

Board the train that will derail.

Take a photo
that will outlast us.

See a man at the traffic lights before he passes sentence
in court.

See a woman waiting to buy a pen
before she sits down to add another chapter to next year's Booker Prize.

We meet for coffee to discuss

the stock exchange,

yesterday's football game

but first : the cheerful waitress

who survived the car crash

whose husband got retrenched

writes down:

two café lattes

and one skinny cappuccino




Eva Collins