STREET LESSONS

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Between the faded font

a kaleidoscope of colours

mingle and blend

on warm concrete.

Plaster paste, mortar, glue

street decoupage.

 

Crouched low, she works her hand.

The can rocks and hisses,

its mist covers the faded red bricks.

Toots! Sup?

Alfresco art — a new tag line.

 

On round windows,

bird shit

piled like termite mounds;

her laneway, her canvas.

Plastic bags float and dance;

they rustle.

Coffee cups, fallen leaves —

The Viet Times, page twenty-five:

Furniture going cheap.

 

The Guerrilla fresco soars above.

Her hands grapple the red brick.

Barefooted, she reaches

higher, higher — heaven beyond her fingertips.

 

He follows behind.

Not swimming; not flying.

Floating

upwards and over,

like the plastic bags,

the leaves, the coffee cups.

 

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