I like the way the CWA
doesn’t flinch doesn’t hone
or avert its eyes
but keeps up with the nimble
noble work of fingers in pies
when the shop next door
opens for business
tattoos and piercings
I imagine a kind of tough love
enforced shoulder rub
the generations bartering
behind closed doors after hours
lively under the table exchanges
a never fail sponge cake recipe
for some discreetly placed
inky avatar a bird perhaps
one that burns and is born again
(poem first published in The Australian 2010)
I thought you all might enjoy this poem by local Hobart poet Jane Williams. It captures a thought that some of us may have had about the proximity of two retail outlets in hobart that one might expect to be at odds. Continuing the theme of my previous posts, Jane also expresses the possibility that these two shops – the CWA shop and a new tattoo parlour – could be more open to each other than one might first think.
Thanks to Jane for allowing us to publish her poem, which is within a recently published volume called “City of Possibilities”.
Judith Abell, Branch Secretary, CWA CBD Branch.