Bird’s Eye View

Eliana Parra

Above sun-drenched rooftops birds flirt with gravity
Observing life ebbing and flowing beneath their wings
Mapping out the street below with curved enquiring transparent eyes
Their petite hearts vibrating against feathery breasts
Dancing to Canon in D Major above an unearthly landscape

A bopping sea of emotions enveloped with colours, textures, and flavours
Alphonso mangoes, okra, aubergines, brown coconuts, chikoo and herbs
Shadows bargaining for a cheaper deal over a clay pot storing olives and cheese
The doors to the pie and mash always open, always welcoming
Three-for-two at the local bookshop, it’s windows reflecting the streets activity
A lady skips by wearing flowers upon her skin
The lads dipping into a packet of crisps whistle to her tune

A wave of exotic dialects sailing through the fish-tinted air
Conversation from yesterday whispering in the soft breeze
Expressions of all palettes rubbing shoulders and bending time-space
Subconscious footsteps on familiar aged cobblestone paths
Amongst the bustle a mother teaches her son how to pick fruit.

By Barry Crisp

Note: This piece is a collaborative piece by Barry Crisp (poem) and Eliana Parra (painting) that is set to appear in the E17 Art/Poetry Trail in Walthamstow, London.


5 thoughts on “Bird’s Eye View

  1. Love how vivid this is. The lads into the crisps especially.

    I love visiting people’s first posts. As quality from day 1 as today – you don’t always get that 🙂


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