PICK AN INSTITUTION
Hold it up against the light.
Does it obstruct, or do the rays glow
through its crystalline transparency?
Experiment: like children’s
cars or horses in a shopping centre,
will it only function
if you feed it full of coin?
And is it light, or is it heavy?
Does it weigh like slave-ship fetters?
Does it cross the street like Pharisees?
Are all its windows mirror-glass?
From the first step to the last,
is it prepared to hold your hand
or draw a pirate map, a guide to
dodging rocks and angry dragons
and - should waves push you
to shipwreck on its shores -
will it toss lifebelts to the rescue?
Will it fuck.
About the author
Steve Partington is a poet. Published works include SMS and Face to Face.....
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