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The Fight

Hope Park church image

The church where this happened

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The Fight

Walk the street,

See a couple,

By the church,


Think they’re love wrestling,

And suddenly realize,

They’re not.

In the street they fight,

While humanity

Streams by, wide birth,

Well clear,


She clings to him,

He wrestles to be free,

Bag on shoulder,

Ready for the bus,

To leave.

I hear horrific words

‘Come on, you know how it is,

Easy come, easy go’,

To the Asian girl,



And I walked past,

And further on,

Looked back at the

Wrestling couple,

A bubble,

As people pass by.

And eventually they sit,

Side by side,

And I wonder

Have I passed by,

On the other side,


What will the outcome be?

And I wonder at the horror and hope

Of day to day humanity,

And life.

(c)  Nathanael Lewis  15-10-2000