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KIDS ON OUR STREET - Mike Jenkins (U.K.)




-         Mike Jenkins (U.K.)


Down a gap in the clouds

as big screens flicker and flash,

mistresses, masters of the tarmac,

so rare in our village

yet here a common sight,

on wheels they turn

the sun into moonlight :

bikes, skateboards, scooters

their laughter raising sparrows.



I think of Pen Dinas

above our council estate,

running races, haring down slopes

on home-made go-karts,

footie games and flinging stones :

the bruises and scrapes

tattoos of our adventures.



Down the curve of our Close

shouting to the clouds,

balancing and daring

on the last beam of light,

in the playground of their making,

the kids on our street.