Wednesday, 6 July 2011


1. Cul-de-sac

It's another suburban cul-de-sac
and a grown man cycles home
on his boy's bike, a full case of beer
under one arm, and it's probably
Superbowl Sunday with all the cars
parked neatly in their drives and the
men inside homes shouting and
slapping backs with free hands
[the others scooping chips through dip
or grasping an ice-cold can]
and it's the American way of life:
everything in its rightful place
with nothing territorial or in charge -
and the fear of being safe.

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