Wednesday, 31 October 2007

SHOT NO 12, by Bertram Karrasch

Oxford Road long after mid-night


A police siren chases an ambulance car.
A CCTV camera watches the scene.
People queue up in front of a cash machine.
A beggar calls them names.


The traffic light changes to green.
A taxi turns on the empty road.
A cleaning vehicle collects beer cans and bags of crisps.
And leaflets, wet from the rain.


The 24h Spar across the road has a delivery.
Trays hold bread in plastic bags.
Carton boxes contain bottles with fizzy drinks.
The driver wears a hat.


I go to bed now,
Still time for a wank.


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