Waverley Mall, Edinburg

In Waverley Mall

(In anticipation of Festival season. Originally in The Herald)

The American is in a

Near-home environment: the mall.

I sit at the next table relieved

The old man has finished circling my hot-dog,

The American has joined him

He has put away, out, away, out, away

The soiled lady novels into his bag.

The heavy tweed jacket, trousers

Have the filthy white cuffs to match-

He says nothing as the American downs his burger.

He tries three times with small talk

Then the tramp brings out a nail file

Continues to smoke his thin pipe.

It is humid and hot

While above, on the street

A French mime group

Sell tickets for this in Breton.




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