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To The Man Sleeping on Nicolson Square by Ellie Blow

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Title: To The Man Sleeping on Nicolson Square
Author: Ellie Blow
Number: 66/100
Allocated postcode: EH8

To The Man Sleeping on Nicolson Square

there is a man asleep in the square
and
his arms and legs are spread like a star
and
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.
this city,
this city will wear you out.

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