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Tollcross by Dilys Rose

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Title: Tollcross
Author: Dilys Rose
Number: 12/100
Allocated postcode: EH3

Tollcross

He stops
half way across the street
head half turned in the direction
of oblivion
eyes half focused on a distant miracle
or an atrocity it is hard to say
mind half way between fire
and the idea of warmth
hand half way between his pocket
and a passerby
mouth half way between a sip
and a swallow
trousers half undone
bottle half empty.
He’s young.
He’s been stopping
half way across the street
for years.

Film still from Oliver Benton's Tollcross

Film still from Oliver Benton’s adaptation of “Tollcross”

Oliver Benton, an enthusiastic, vibrant, enterprising and hugely talented ECA student, made this vignette for this poem, also see his interpretation of John Knox’s grave.

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