The Skipping Girl

by Dean Kyte

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Writer Dean Kyte reflects on his first encounter with a Melbourne icon.

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Every city has its icon of light beaming benediction upon the friendless night. Melbourne has the Skipping Girl.

She’s as Melbourne as trams, and the first time I encountered her, I was alighting from the 109 with a girl I had only just met. We were about to go upstairs to her place and make love. As I stood at her window, waiting as she showered, watching the joyous upbeat as my heart skipped anxiously, I knew I would always associate the Skipping Girl with her.

The wine of love we would taste together in those hours would turn to vinegar in my memory.

I would always associate the Skipping Girl with a Dutch girl who had played Double Dutch with me, skipping lightly over my heart.

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released June 30, 2020
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Dean Kyte Melbourne, Australia

Dean Kyte is a writer, artist, filmmaker and flâneur.

He is the author of five books and two collections of short films.

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