THE CORNER

PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDY GREAVES AT Engage the street

 

The corner

I hear you coming,

following echoes of past footfall,

along your forgotten brick street,

but I have no name for you to call,

and my eyes you will not meet.

 

I see you coming,

but you’ll not for me shed a tear,

nor permit me to trouble thought,

with this face of orphan’s fear,

that’s by war and famine caught.

 

Around the corner,

you may cast a casual glance,

from the empty street of brick

saying life’s a game of chance,

indifferent to a child who’s sick.

8 thoughts on “THE CORNER

  1. Love this, Nige. A brilliant and sensitive piece. Your words and Andy’s image(s) capture the essence of the street, the character of the people both who suffer and the ones who are indifferent to their suffering. You give the suffering a voice where they might not otherwise have one.

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  2. Art is even stronger when blended like this, the way you have done with Andy Greeves heart wrenching photo and your strong and emotive poem.
    ” but you’ll not for me shed a tear,
    nor permit me to trouble thought,
    with this face of orphan’s fear,
    that’s by war and famine caught.”

    This is only one of your beautiful and strong stanzas. Thank you Nigel.
    Miriam

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