Rauschenberg Summer (Street Finds)

 

A figure walking through a screen:

Manhattan ice with canyoned bikes.

A disused notion, painted flat.

A sound is sound, discarded, drowned.

 

So he – or she (whichever suits) –

Will leaf the city streets and find

A blanket ministry of cool,

Of heads in shades and open tops.

 

The poster slips from wall to wall,

Its message drips, she waits for change.

He waits, and walks, and there unbreaks

The cast off wheel of summer’s drag.

 

A summer in another’s mind.

What’s lost is lost: the seeker finds.

 

 

Inspired by the “combines” of Robert Rauschenberg (with a title written whilst listening to Radiohead)

 

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4 Comments to “Rauschenberg Summer (Street Finds)”

  1. “Disused notion, painted flat” is a stunner of a line, Gavin.

  2. Interesting. I’ve never done the summer in the city. It runs well and I like the ending. Thanks,

  3. Beautiful poem, Gavin. 🙂

  4. I like this line — A sound is sound, discarded, drowned. Reading it, I found myself whispering it. The SOUND of that line is good. 🙂

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