District 1 by Laura Marie Clark

Pack, unpack, repack, unpack:

I moved around from house to house

From place to place, until at last

I settled on a narrow street

With neighbours three small steps

From the door, and thin windows

That allowed every single noise

From outside, no matter what,

To sneak into my room at night.


Others moved around still more

Not only between houses and streets,

But job to job, finding some solace

Unbeknownst to me, in being

The new guy all the time. It was

Sad to see some of these drift away.

They faded, emerging in an unknown

Location; their footprints left

Only memories in their wake.


Those of us who stayed were tied

To the one place that reflected

Us in mirrors designed to look

Like some basic form of home.

Where cinemas and bowling alleys

Welcomed expats and their cash;

Every leisure activity catered for.

In that place you could buy anything

From base desires to luxuries.


Where dirty, seedy acts were mentioned

Without a hint of embarrassment or shame

At being desperate enough to pay;

The district sprawled out like

A spread of delicacies upon a platter:

Ever tempting, what to sample first

A decision never easy to make.

We dipped into one and then the next

Moving house, but not moving home.


© Laura Marie Clark


Excerpt from the book City Of The World

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About the Author

Laura is a writer and blogger near Lincoln, England. She is the author of City of the World – a collection of poems that take the reader on an adventure living and working as a teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to explore the highs and lows of life as an expat.

Visit Author Page At: www.ctupublishinggroup.com/laura-marie-clark.html

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