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  • Sam Hacking

The Green Mile


Bird shit peppers pavements

Apples crunch underfoot or in mouth.


Lone runner bean on floor

Metal skin stretching over cars.


Fluff caught in a hobbling pigeons foot.


My head is always quiet after I do exercise.


Red Bull can impaled on fence,

‘The Green Mile’ in Hackney.


A morse code tinnitus in right ear

Footsteps behind me, scuff of shoes on floor.


Broken glass, city sea shells on the floor.


A Bullfinch's single piercing note

a typewriter clacks behind closed doors.


The canal water by the lock is overflowing with rubbish,

a clogged artery of the river.


The smell of wood fires burning on canal boats.


Seagull shadows soar across the walls of a warehouse

To live on the river.


A piece of cut blue cord

Cut cord.


Two coots swimming,

Their white head stripes, are lighthouses above black rocks.


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