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sitting stones

The leftover stones are man-made, machine–made, the size of a book but hexagonal,

Small paving stones that link together to make a fancy paved piazza floor.

These three Sudanese who squat here everyday,

Waiting for friends or a bus somewhere,

Have built small stools from the spare stones- a pile made by sideways stacking and then one flat on top.

Sideways-on the hexagons look pleasing.

Each sits on a pile, each of a different height. No rules here.

They sit, jet black in tracksuits in the sunlight, waiting.

When they are gone the stone stools

Look like art

Or standing stones from a smaller world.


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