Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Apartment to Let - Mag 207


©Shers Gallagher 2014
Who lives in places of squalor once made popular by Bohemians and beat poets?
Now I only think of druggies and prostitutes, as well as Sherlock Holmes.
The character of Holmes liked living in the midst of his personal hobby,
solving crimes like chess games:
no passion just strategy and reason.
Criminals are the black knaves and sometimes bishops, I think.
The royals end the game.
The victims, too many victims,
are always dispensable game pieces.
I thought of this, not of Sherlock and dark horses,
but of pawns
as I flew over the sprawling yet uniformed houses
that line up in rows and cul-de-sac formations.
There are too many to count and too many to care
to be individual anymore.
Yet sometimes there is hope,

just a little hope among the railings and rafters.


5 comments:

  1. So THAT'S where Sherlock lived. And he, focused on one thing, his violin? NOPE! the solution of things...
    And this perspective from above--like!
    NICE, short piece on urban dwelling, Shers.

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  2. What a fabulously fitting piece of writing to accompany the prompt pic! I enjoyed this immensely!

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  3. Thanks a mil, Helena. You're so sweet.

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  4. 'just a little hope among the railings and rafters' ..I like it. Enjoyed your piece.

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