That’s it! — today’s best catch,
… if I can catch him.
Young, Asian, lean and tall,
his hair a crown of crow-black spikes,
complexion flushed, eyes bright,
white overalls splotched and spotted,
… smeared with paint,
singular, alone in his pristine fish-tank
… of freshly-painted space.
Ducking out of his line of sight,
I quickly prepare my camera,
relishing the prospect of
… a successful shot.
Returning to the glass through which
… I’d first spotted him,
I see he’s laid down his long-handled roller
… beside the tray of white paint …
and has vanished.
Revised version, published 18 August 2011.