Genevieve Osborne / Poetry

PAPER WOMAN

Selling news and scandal         jobs and dreams
she sits beside and beyond the roar
the ceaseless metal surge that streams

in streets        morning and midday holding reams
of newsprint in arms that imagined more
than selling news and scandal        jobs and dreams

drivers call or make a sign through windscreens
are passed their pages         nod        or ask the score
from the ceaseless metal surge that streams

no time for pleasantries         just dislocated words that seem
to chatter round her head like the plans she had before
selling news and scandal         jobs and dreams

other people’s deeds with their pictures in between
leave their markings on her skin and work the fodder
for the ceaseless metal surge that streams

in and out her days and sucks away the themes
she could have followed         the beat she might restore
instead of selling news and scandal       jobs and dreams
to the ceaseless metal surge that streams.

© Genevieve Osborne.

‘Paper Woman’ won the Inner City Life Poetry Prize 2004.

© Genevieve Osborne.

© Genevieve Osborne.

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4 thoughts on “PAPER WOMAN

    • This gives me great pleasure. Thank you for sharing with us, and I hope you get to enjoy reading more poetry in your retirement. Hopefylly more time spent on the pleasures of life.

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