sunnetra basu

Rookie (08/06/1981)

Wish I Lived There Still

I have seen the death certificate - died in Islington Workhouse 1914
Dead toes under starched sheets
A name in copperplate - a plumber in Angel Court
Inside my veins I carry the blood of people who walked here before

The eyes of fish, black and round, gaze a North London Street
I walk the streets where I used to live
The pigeons bathing in the flooded lawn, lose feathers in the muddy pool
Greenfly on the traffic light make long shadows in the sun

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