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The Septuagenarian and the Quartermile by Roxanne Paris

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Title: The Septuagenarian and the Quartermile
Author: Roxanne Paris
Number: 30/100
Allocated postcode: EH3

The Septuagenarian and the Quartermile

Papier-mâché skin,
pale and clad in plaid wool,
the old man stops to
fix his gaze on a crane.
A skeleton of scaffolding
and a skin of tarpaulin
embraces buildings that
have stood crumbling,
transforms them into
a structure more suited
for the public eye.

People on mobile phones
rush past in both directions,
politely ignoring
an old man staring
at inevitability.

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  1. I would love to see the world through Roxanne’s eyes.

  2. […] No. 28: Animal Haven by Juliet M Wilson No. 29: The Business of Ravens by Roxanne Paris No. 30: The Septuagenarian and the Quartermile by Roxanne Paris No. 31: Corstorphine, Midnight by Rob A Mackenzie No. 32: Lady Edinburgh by Tatjana Pfennig No. 33: […]

  3. […] No. 28: Animal Haven by Juliet M Wilson No. 29: The Business of Ravens by Roxanne Paris No. 30: The Septuagenarian and the Quartermile by Roxanne Paris No. 31: Corstorphine, Midnight by Rob A Mackenzie No. 32: Lady Edinburgh by Tatjana Pfennig No. 33: […]

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