by Lloyd Michael Lohr

It takes all kinds to unmake a world, too.

     On a bleak, rainy April day in London, the struggle of existence and the human condition were never so evident. A small child observed a rain cloud that resembled a winged angel. She watched its movements in the wind with her full attention.

     “Daddy, daddy—look at the pretty angel! She’s waving at us, daddy.”

     “Come, now, Elizabeth, daddy is going to be late for his business engagement.”

     As the rain fell, crashing to the stone streets below, people hurried along, desperately trying to remain dry, keeping away from the early spring downpour. Street vendors, irritated by the sudden halt to their business, quickly cover their goods with tarp and large sheets of plastic. Their nationalities are as varied as the variety of goods they sell. People from India, Pakistan, Iran, China, Korea, Viet Nam and Spain, all trying to achieve a little piece of “freedom”. Bumper stickers of Welsh flags or “India Out of Pakistan”, “German soccer fans rule”, “Pounds not Euros”, and European union flags remind us all of other political agendas.

     Street vendors hawk their goods rain or shine. One can tell these people are experienced at dealing with nature’s little forms of adversity. Undaunted they continue selling their fishnchips, soda, magazines, cigarettes and other novelties to any patron who would brave the elements. One customer looses a 5d. note in the brisk wind. The paper flees from his hand, riding a surge of air upward like a butterfly in flight. The gentleman pursues this little scrap with reckless abandon, drenched as he runs through this rain-drenched urban lagoon.

     Like in most major cities of the world, peoples from all walks of life populate the rain-soaked streets of Britain’s Capitol.

     A woman breaks the heel of her shoe as she struggles to keep dry. The sudden impact of the heel breaking causes her entire body to jolt. In turn various business papers fall from a folder onto the rain-soaked pavement. Her lips move in the form of a few choice explicatives. She probably believes her perdition began at nine thirty a.m. today.

     At nine forty-one a.m., shortly after the above-mentioned incident, the alien-induced holocaust renders all their arguments mute.