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01/09/2014

A Night for Strangers

Rebecca McManus

Night falls, further than usual.

An army of Chinese lanterns
constellates above you.

Streetlights are brighter than the moon.
Step on neighbourhood leaves.

A shaky glance down the alley:
a frog looks back.

Walk into tomorrow’s cobwebs;
thank the car that almost hit you,

headlights like a sun that rose for you alone,
looked you over: all that will be, all that won’t be.

A bin man’s demonic laughter.

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