Title: To The Man Sleeping on Nicolson Square
Author: Ellie Blow
Allocated postcode: EH8
To The Man Sleeping on Nicolson Square
there is a man asleep in the square
his arms and legs are spread like a star
his face stretches toward the sky,
like he’s lying in the gutter.
there are two old men sat on the bench.
white haired and wheezy-voiced,
they stare at the sleeping man.
they don’t understand him.
i understand you,
dreaming man. i understand your
star-shaped limbs and the smile
that ruffles your lips like a breeze. i understand
your screwed-shut eyes and your soft, even breathing.
this city will wear you out.