#7 On Being

Do you become what you do? Or do you become what you dream of?

Bam Chi Chi La La
London 1969

In Jamaica she was a teacher. Here she is a charwoman
at night in the West End. She eats a cold midnight meal
carried from home and is careful to expunge her spice
trail with Dettol. She sings ‘Jerusalem’ to herself and
recites the Romantic poets as she mops hallways and
scours toilets, dreaming the while of her retirement
mansion in Mandeville she is building brick by brick.

Lorna Goodison

Inspired by  TFL’s Poems on the Underground.

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