London. 13th August, 2012

Paint peeling in grey-brown tenements— Satellite  dishes—
No Ball Games— Green prison cages  designed for public
hangings— Students with upward  mobility slum it to tell
friends they’ve seen life from 
the bottom of a shoe—  The
boy downstairs no mother wants their child to hang out with—
Upstairs too— Religious-freakery unpeeled in unwanted
pamphlets— Market-stalls sell half-price-knock-
around-in-trainers that get you laughed at in school—
Weeds survive between cracks in paving—

Weed: n.  1. a. A herbaceous plant not valued for use or beauty, growing wild and rank, and regarded as cumbering the ground or hindering the growth of superior vegetation.

Felix Ortiz-Szewiel



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