Morning mourners come to terms with their birth. Toddlers clamber up shoes piled up in the corner of the room; Start school, risk getting into trouble or not, do their homework, and love most things that go crack, bang and boom.
Later and well before, flower bulbs are lobbed into the sea. Seeds rain down on seaworthy upside-down roofs. Everyone needs money, or something to get something, a currency As wine bottles twirl round daring them to tell truths.
Over time, flesh drops off bones as skin gets torn. Brains bubble and boil in jars hidden away in treetop laboratory hideaways. They retire or die before, expect the unknown, finish their days. The only thing for sure is running away to the fair will be frowned upon and, even contemplating it, will be treated with scorn.
A pigeon at the foreign languages faculty goes to seagull classes out to sea. As Flamingoes chip away for their exam in ‘Woodpecker up a Tree’ An exchange English crow gets French sparrow tutorials on the streets of gay Paris.
Greenfinches studying ‘Parrot’ do their best as kingfishers get hooked on ‘Gold-crest’. As model eagle students soar above the rest. Mallard ducks take the plunge and take the ‘lesser swallow-tailed swift’ test.
Pelicans learn how to be robins with a Christmas term trip to a quaint little village As wrens learn how to crane their necks for ‘Ostrich’. Budgerigars try to gobble like turkeys fattened for the fridge. Erasmus vultures steal like magpies on a steel bridge.
As birds of a feather flock together for a degree to migrate, the owl-scholarly hierarchy hawks sit at the top of their perch; and deliberate.
There used to be balloons. Rotating girls in revolving skirts to spiralling tunes. There were stain glass windows in kaleidoscopes. Climbing acrobats and daisy chain ropes.
There used to be rivers of streets running to the city’s gaping mouth and compass boats blown like ticker tape south. There were jugglers and minstrels and jukebox sky-scraping towers. There used to be heart-beds made of flowers.
Everyone there has a cat. Some are slim and lean, some are big and some are fat. Some are white, some are grey and some are black but everyone there has a cat.
Everyone there goes about their day daily and their night nightly where things fall heavily or float up lightly where they let them go or hold on to them tightly but everyone there goes about their day daily and their night nightly.
Everyone there avoids everyone there. Everyone looks at everyone behind mirror-glasses they wear. Everyone folds away a tree and uproots a chair but everyone avoids everyone there.