Change is… by Crin Claxton

29 May

Bold Strokes Books, UK


Change is

the transmutation of one experience into another and is also the stuff jiggling around in a butch’s pocket. Assuming s/he is lucky enough to have some, of course. I reach into my pocket each evening and scoop the monetary debris of my day onto a polished oak loose-change holder. I perform that action whether wearing jeans or trousers, but it’s when wearing a suit that I conjure up the image of my father, home from the daily commute, tipping his change into a small dish sitting on his glass-topped chest of drawers. Change dispatched, he would take off his tie, roll it, and then slide his suit neatly onto a wooden hanger. All of these things I do.

My son doesn’t have money in his pockets yet, being three years and rising four. But he will have seen me perform the unconscious copy of my father’s action. Brushing…

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