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Going Home by Aiko Harman

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 13, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Title: Going Home
Author: Aiko Harman
Number: 16/100
Allocated postcode: EH3

Going Home

A man in the nook
of a tenement door sucks
at the dregs of a cigarette
like a soda straw.

A pack of three in tracksuits
tramp in unison behind
the steel lead of a breedless dog,
slurring dialect.

A child with blond curls huffs
her mouth against the glass window
of a tanning salon, exposing
epiglottis to all of Midlothian.

In yellow holographic jackets,
the road workers reflect
in the windows of sandwich shops
over hot paninis and coffee.

A black taxi drops his occupant
kerbside beside the same man
always on the corner shouting,
“Buy the Big Issue”.

Film by Glasgow based artist Jerry Dowd.


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