Thursday, April 19, 2007

river rea post card series

Under the Wholesale Markets

this waterway without guild
on principle

of non-association; unrestrained

diligent craftsmen,
muck women and men

entire families afloat

horse-drawn boats whose restless spirits
still haunt

brummagem a la Rea
junto al rio
Rea mai
rea del fiume

quddus el Rea

waters nourished revolutions
of industry an’ independence

at home an’ abroad. Yet
still today Rea
flows uncelebrated

only concrete defined
waters edge
attended by devoted insects, flora
guarded above by the birds

Roi Kwabena
Birmingham's Sixth Poet Laureate

full post card series