facades city-scapes 1
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I walk streets and curbs,
among the facades of buildings;
all the light posts and bus stops.
Irrelevant, inelegant lines that
intersect with my life.
Early nights when people flee
the city of the centre.
Leaving me, my steps and shoes,
alone to go to no home.
Tonight is different; you are different.
Sit beside me now: you’re a foreign body here.
A stranger – so welcome
at the strangest time.
We need translators, visions and shaman.
I suppose you’ll do.
I watched you from angular street crevasses,
dressed to fall on barren streets, the visitor:
immediately welcome – immediately knowing.
Your eyes and lips dissect a memory
long not remembered.
Your voice, thick as black tar summers.
“Show me your darkness.
I’ve known you before,
still you carry the calling of thousands…
to find home, to find…”
I fumble for syllables, look for paragraphs.
To respond. To deny.
I have less than words. Your arrow
accuracy spins me.
Slashes the back of my skull.
“I don’t claim any messiah,”
sputters through my teeth.
Your words are the weight of nothing,
we are the gravity of lost it all.
Grimy oil desperation surrounds our lives.
We breathe soot of street sickness.
An aimless bus passes.
Out of the cancerous cloud,
I see a phantom, a wingless phoenix
over dying fires. Embers scatter
upwind, then vanish.
Sitting beside each other on this curb,
we are flakes of ash, our lives
hidden in exhaust fume winds.
No passing eye will see.
No passing ear will hear.
Sit with me, alone or apart,
together if the mood stirs.
We’re allies when we need:
we are left out tonight,
as two rather than one.
The world, this city
has locked its doors, now.
Vague moonlight splashes your face,
You fix a stare on the night.
But the moon isn’t real.
We’ve never set foot on it.
The cold, impervious streetlights are
as real as we know.
The feral gleam – a catalyst for shouts
and surges to surrender
We live in shadows,
where shadows aren’t supposed
Underneath the laboratory
In nights we won’t remember,
We don’t shine with
the kindness of humans.