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Princes Street by Alan Gillis

In 100 Poems, poetry on March 4, 2009 at 11:56 am

Title: Princes Street
Author: Alan Gillis
Number: 96/100
Allocated postcode: EH2

Princes Street

The Scott monument
spires over a girl who begs
in a stench of piss-scent

as pigeons peck at Greggs
pastry, a can of stale beer,
dogshit, stubbed-out fags.

“Fuck off out of here,”
says a man to the wind-whipped
girl, and I’m stood here

like a dunted dip-
shit under black Binnie shale,
waiting for your lip-

sticked smile, your cold pale
face like a haddock fillet,
as he hoicks a real

big snochter and spits
in her face—a splurt of catarrh
that driddles, divots

her dark chin like pus,
like a green gridlocked Edinburgh
Tours
open-topped bus.

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