Friday, 17 August 2012

Speechless in Kemerovo

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.

Gordon Peters

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