Hello, Neighbour: On a Bench by Victoria College

This piece was selected to be part of Hello, Neighbour, a community engagement project that takes six pieces of writing from residents of Toronto, and uses them as inspiration for six new works by local artists.

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ON A BENCH BY VICTORIA COLLEGE by Vivian Li

crowded Volvo realms rumble

when dandelion tassels cling

onto baked sweet leaves,

alarmed of simmering on winding sidewalks.

 

I lean against a wooden frame,

pen open and wondering

as sparrows tilt heads and bob

across thin borders,

hoping to befriend

the shadows of their friends.

 

Before sunset,

soft-cheeked bird and I seize

the peppered silences,

even as we walk in circles

and pause and look at each other again,

wings longing to part