Looking Back – University of Sydney Anthology 2016 – Building by Persephone Fraser



Building by Persephone Fraser

As a siren slides off, like ribbon through fingers,

like smoke breathed out, the heat is near,

and then not. The street is near, and then not.

I hear voices of people beneath the street,

and see the lights across the city, but mine is out and I am quiet.


The walls have been here long before me,

know all the sounds, all the faces.

When the light is out, the night is all around.

When I come home, up the stairs, breathing heavy

the walls breathe to, come close.


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