Last Night, I Saw the City Breathing

Last Night, I Saw The City Breathing

Last night, I saw the City breathing
Great Gusts of people,
Rushing in and
Puffing out
Of Station's singing mouths

Last night, I saw the City laughing,
Take-Aways got the giggles,
Cinemas split their sides,
And Living Rooms completely creased themselves!

Last night, I saw the City dancing.
Shadows were cheek to cheek with brick walls,
Trains wiggled their hips all over the place,
And the trees
in the breeze,
Put on a show for an audience of windows!

Last night, I saw the city starving,
Snaking Avenue smacked her lips
And swallowed seven roundabouts!
Fat office blocks got stuffed with light
And gloated over empty parking lots.

Last night, I saw the City crying.
Cracked windows poured falling stars
And the streets were paved with mirrors.

Last night, I saw the City sleeping
Roads night-dreamed,
Street Lamps quietly boasted,
'When I grow up, I'm going to be a star!'
And the Wind,
Like a cat,
Snoozed in the nooks of roofs.


from The Moon is on the Microphone (Sherbourne, 1997), copyright © Andrew Fusek Peters 1997, used by permission of the author

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2Late for a Date

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3Mum

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4Dad

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5Hey Diddle Diddle

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6In Training

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7Fairynuff?

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8Junk Uncle

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9Thank You (it's what I've always wanted)

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10Morning

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11Grandad

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12At the Top of the Stairs

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13My Cat

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14Snoring

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15The River of Tears

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16My Brother the Tree

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17E-Pet-Aph

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18My Cat Sooty

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19It's Treason

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20The Teflon Terror

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21Water-Cycle

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22The Candle

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23Hadrian's Wall

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24The Pool

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25Mad, Bad and Dangerously Haddock

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26California Skateboard Park, 1977

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27Use Your Rains

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28The Gold-leaf Gangster

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29The Leaf's Lament

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30Wonder

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31Fire at Night

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32The Mysterious Employment of God

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33Why Santa has a Flush on his Face

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34Another Sensational Day

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35My New School

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36Love Poem to Kevin (He'd Better Get The Message)

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37I Need an Operation on my Pupils!

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38Rap up my Lunch!

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39The Passionate Pupil Declaring Love

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40Playground Chant

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41Poolside Warriors

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42Mis-Adventure

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43Only We

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44The Rubbishman

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45Last Night, I Saw the City Breathing

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46The Letter

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47Day in the Life of Me!

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48Tide & Seek

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49The Moon is on the Microphone

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50A Poem that Lost its Briefs

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51Five Little Senses All In A Row

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52Attack of the Mutant Mangos: A Fruit Salad Ballad of Baddies

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53Dambusters

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54A Heavenly Spring Clean

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55The No-No Bird

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56Rush Hour Rhythm

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