I was nearly killed here, one night in February.
My car shivered, and slewed sideways on the ice,
right across into the other lane. The slur of traffic
came at me with their lights.
My name, my girls, my job, allslipped free and were left behind, smaller and smaller,further and further away. I was a nobody:a boy in a playground, suddenly surrounded.
The headlights of the oncoming carsbore down on me as I wrestled the wheel through a slickof terror, clear and slippery as egg-white.The seconds grew and grew – making more room for me –stretching huge as hospitals.
I almost felt that I could restand take a breathbefore the crash.
Then something caught: some helpful sandor a well-timed gust of wind. The carsnapped out of it, swinging back across the road.A signpost shot up and cracked, with a sharp clang,spinning away in the darkness.
And it was still. I sat back in my seat-beltand watched someone tramp through the whirling snowto see what was left of me.