ST100: Sound Awake by Giles Ward

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Sound Awake by Giles Ward

It’s the piglet-pinched squeal of a bus that wakes me: I hear school kids on a trip. I hear the plastic of bags toyed by the breeze. I hear the schizoid rattle of pushchairs; the urgent call of a tune from a bag; the guttural grind of a Hi-Vis crew. I hear a small child’s delight in an imaginary-world. I hear the piling of cups at a coffee shop counter; the business of heels, coins in a pocket, fashionista beats; I hear dub mix chatter from left ear to right and I know, I know, I’m awake – sound awake.

The SHORT TALE 100 – AUGUST 2016

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