The Big Issue seller lopes police taped streets.
Wears a long black coat like Johnny Cash.

Today he hawks Echoes, the stall
in the Poultry Cross shadow –

poison media, media poison.

He seems distracted,
in a world of his own
barely notices the punter
approach the stall.

Between his hands two halves of a white stone.

He strikes the pieces together, fires a spark.


Jonathan Chant
Illustration: Claire Palmer
(after JMW Turner)

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