King Street.

He’s brushing my shoulder, leaning in towards me. I won’t take his hand; he is not what steals my thoughts tonight.
I place my foot down upon the curb and everything slows. There’s a car coming but we leap out, invincible in our youth. I’m staying direct but I begin to think the weight of the concrete is holding time hostage on this street. Everything is slow, smooth; I’m not even here.
A voice bellows from the right, “It’s not worth it Baby!”
Where is your decency sir? Did you leave it in the pocket of Lady Shake-Those-Hips who stalks the corner with Ruby-Lips? Or maybe you have just simply misplaced your sanity for the evening? She tries to pull him towards her but there is no consoling the mind of a man lost with masculinity. The fingers clench and nails pierce his palm as he takes his stride across the street; so long and wide I barely recall his foot ever reaching the other side. Time is slow here, but minds are so fierce it would tempt to wake the devil in his deepest sleep. There is no time for niceties on this road, everything is moving so slow… they better make it quick and make it loud. They’re running out of time.
Your friend, faltering behind; the epitome of this loss so unrecognised, yet so innocent is he. Lost in a lack of truth he couldn’t seize a fist before he found himself taking a nap in an armchair with an uncanny resemblance to a gutter. His speech slurring, his feet stumbling – What am I doing here? The other swears an oath never to come back. Are we so blind? Swept up in our fickle butterflies, I argue, we are but this.
Inside, away in his room, I realise it’s finally quiet, but that time has not waited for me tonight. The walls are high and filled with impenetrable nonsense to rival your very own mind.
“A room is true exposure,” you tell me.
So who are you?
“It’s not meant to make sense.”

King Street.


Melbourne, Australia

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