Six of them there were
signing and talking in animation,
donkey jackets with bright orange stripes.
Loud traffic filtered past, deaf to them
as they spoke silently to each other;
a platoon of pavement cleaners
whose keepers know when they will return.
A young man walks by with a bottle of Irn Bru
-- lettered in Cyrillic ---
you don’t see that in Portobello.