Hello, Neighbour: On a Bench by Victoria College
February 12, 2019
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.
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