Requiem for London after the Riots *

London Burning

I like to dream, (…yes, yes…)
right between my sound machine.

After that hot gospeller has levelled
all but the churched sky,
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night.

Any place it goes is right.
Goes far…
Flies near…
to the stars away from here. Well,

I wrote the tale by tallow
of a city's death by fire;

you don't know what
we can find.

Under a candle's eye,
Why don't you come with me, little girl,
on a magic carpet ride.

that smoked in tears,
You don't know what
we can see.
I

Wanted to tell,
Why don't you tell
your dreams to me:

in more than wax,
Fantasy will set you free.
Close your eyes, girl.
Look inside, girl.


Let the sound of faiths that were snapped like wire.
take you away.
All day
I walked abroad among the rubbled tales,
Shocked at each wall
that stood on the street like a liar;

Last night I held Aladdin's lamp and
so I wished that I could stay.

Loud was the bird-rocked sky,
and all the clouds were bales
Torn open by looting,
and white,

Before the thing could answer me, well,
someone came and took the lamp away.
I looked
around…
A lousy candle's all I found. Well,

 
in spite of the fire.
By the smoking sea,
you don't know what
we can find.
where Christ walked,

I asked, why
Why don't you come with me, little girl,
on a magic carpet ride. Well,

Should a man wax tears,
when his wooden world fails?
you don't know what
we can see.

In town, leaves were paper,
but the hills were a flock of faiths;
Why don't you tell your dreams to me:
Fantasy will set you free.


Close your eyes, girl.
Look inside, girl.

To a boy who walked all day,
each leaf was a green breath
Rebuilding a love
I thought was dead as nails,

Let the sound take you away.

Blessing the death
and the baptism by fire.



* Pastiche by /cual (2011). All lines in Times New Roman font are from the song “Magic Carpet Ride” –written by John Kay and Rushton Moreve from Steppenwolf (1968).
All lines in Arial font are from the poem “A City's Death By Fire” by Derek Walcott, from In a Green Light (1962).






@ /cual (2011)


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