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INTERSECTIONS

There is a young woman with a wooden hoop

almost as big as herself – and a small dog

not much bigger than her head – who performs

circus tricks, where Terez Boulevard meets

Andrassy Avenue – named for an Empress

and a Count before old Europe fell apart.

As the three lanes idle at red and the dog

waits on the kerb the girl and the hoop

become an astrolabe, a gyroscope

within the interstices of traffic lights.

When she stills and bows to the varied windscreens

the dog leaps to her shoulder and together –

dancer, dog and hoop – they approach their rewards,

ignoring the anonymous tourists

crossing behind her, as if the corrida

with steel and engines were all. Yesterday,

though a slicing wind from the Danube

kept most windows shut, she gyrated

regardless. Today in snowflakes like

falling stars she spins still.

 

 

 

© Copyright David Selzer
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4 Responses
  • Alan Horne
    January 31, 2020

    A great image.

  • Catherine Reynolds
    February 1, 2020

    Merely a comment on vocabulary rather than anything else. You are the only other person I can recall, throughout my many changes of career, who uses the word, ‘interstices’. Excellent!

  • David Selzer
    February 2, 2020

    I relish the word. It’s very English, in a sense – almost pure Latin, but difficult to say if you pronounce it in a latinate as distinct from an English fashion.

  • John Huddart
    February 12, 2020

    Such a fine piece. To see magic of this kind in an everyday scene, in which the detail suggests the humdrum world of the intersection, but spins like silk into interstices!

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