Monday, 23 July 2012

Random Acts

Spiderman and Cinderella
weave through bubbles,
wands, balloon-swords;
the street is teeming
with new romantics,
streams of pink
and purple,
blue and real
red hair.
From the lorry stage,
a band plays 'random
acts of kindness',
the mosh-pit crushed
as kids make trains
and spinning tops;
while somewhere else,
a joker waits
till everyone is seated
then pulls out
his bag of tricks.

© Afric McGlinchey

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Afric McGlinchey won the prestigious Hennessy Poetry Award (2011). Her d├ębut collection,
The lucky star of hidden things, was published in 2012 by Salmon Poetry.


  1. That festival sounds a great idea and what a contrast to that other event. You make a good point through your well-written words.

    1. Thank you. So hard to react to such an event with words. Images and juxtaposition say more, I feel.