Ten Songs for Children no.5 “The Cities”

A hoarding of timelessness sits with
A voider, a deletion.
A tube in a living-room marries
An Aspidistra, which fingers our residue.

We are the awkward carpenters,
Convex geometrists
Poring over the graphology of ennui;
Batchelors before art.

Cities sink into their beds,
Silt washes
A million crackling palms
Scoop away the splinters, kids.

Joseph still can’t believe his luck –
Sharpening knives is simpler here.
Coathangers slip quickly
Inside the wives of the riverbed.

(Static creeps –
Deliverence, flash twice.)

We are the asphalt-tonguing
Scaremongers, and
Crows can’t help but
Tear our twice¬-torn clothes right off.

Change the channel, and
Suddenly, we are old.

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About Benjamin Norris

Published writer of short stories, long stories, poems. Well received art critic and cultural commentator for Berlin magazines. Collaborator with operatic societies. Co-writer of fictional historic psycholinguistic journals. Lecturer of architecture and art history at a Budapest University. View all posts by Benjamin Norris

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