Sinuous City opening section

BEGINNING: Indoors to Outdoors


Shaped into drops, rainfall on porcelain

Foamed in the mouth with fluoride paste


Steeped and pressed, cupped and tasted

Steamed in soft towelling, warm against face


Berry-sheened bubbles, soaked into cotton,

Shot by jets, scrubbed with brushes, directed by blades


Lying in ribbons that snake the city

Rising and falling in salted waves




Running at windows, racing in gutters

Bubbling in grass and rising in place


Repelled by rubber, deflected by nylon,

Shaped into drops that fall at pace.


Finding a level, pooling and puddling

In rivers and dykes and running, displaced.