By the canal
I sit on the park bench facing the canal, the water flows from my right to my left. The sun arcs to my right but covered by clouds. I estimate its location. Trees and bushes grow vertically in front of me blocking the view of the water. Between branches I see the light reflect off the surface, enough to know the direction the water is moving. A pedestrian path is between me on the bench and the canal. An iron rail runs between the trees and the path. People go by on bikes in four seconds passing me to the right, a few seconds longer passing to the left because of a slight incline. Walkers in both directions pass me in twenty seconds. Feet and wheels leave lines in the grey dirt. The wooden bench below me is typical; long slats with gaps between. I pause, noticing, my eyes scan for something new. Nine to eleven sparrows fly by from one periphery to another, on the y axis height where peoples’ heads would have been. The linear dynamics their flight make as a group are different than the pulsing of the water, the bouncing of the people, the gliding of the bikes, the secure immobility of the iron rail. They're three-dimensional compared to the flatness of the grey path and are perpendicular to the branches of the trees.
An arms length away, on the ground to my left is a cement curb. Its angled obtusely, narrowing as it extends to the space behind me, to the back of the bench; a blind spot. This angle implies a space that is surprise-less. The angle suggest space is in front and nothing is behind me. In this cradled cement inlet for the bench, I feel held and calm. The indiscreet angle of this curb causes the impression of safety I feel.