city and walking

- Dmitris Tsaloumas (one of the greats)
from Portrait of a Dog

"The Festival" [quoted in part]

Trouble is our city,
rash and precocious, thinking
itself of age, shopped round
for what was hard to find
and out of air and drums
wrought heroes, gods and bards
who in that sonorous shape
now fart nonstop and louder
than the imported kind.
On days of fast they bang
and boom (some by remote
control) and drive us round
the bend by force of sturm-
und-drang. Next week's their fear-
ful fest. But let them have
their ball: I'll come and share
the comfort of your nest.

- Dmitris Tsaloumas


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