All Roads Lead To Seven Sisters

1.

I am standing on an upturned bin
looking through the little window
into the room that I was born in
and everyone is happy
and everyone is asleep
and I pray to a god who keeps on disappearing
and I ask the silent shattered stars above
to make sure that the baby in the room
turns out to be nothing
like me.

2.

I will be reborn
several times in my life
I will be many different people
and I will get a thousand chances
to be better;
I will even take some of them–
if I’m being brave I will pick
my chances like cherries
and try to be better.

3.

And one day
when I walk the Seven Sisters Road
alone, I will see everyone
that I have ever known, and everyone that I
will ever meet in my various little lives
they’ll all combine and line
the street, for this is home
and it will always be
but I’ve got a long way to go
to get to where I’m meant to be.

4.

Oh, it’s not pretty,
not pretty at all!
I know, I never said it was.
It’s pretty grey
It’s ugly grey
it’s ugly
it’s dirty
it’s one big traffic jam
it’s a melting pot
it’s full of scum
it’s full of scroungers
it’s full of riff-raff
it’s full of gangs
it’s not safe
for little girls like me
but it’s not safe
for big men like you either.

4.5

The ugly is captivating,
the depravity inspires me and,
honestly,
on days like these
there’s nowhere I would rather be.

5.

Life itself, mine, yours,
life is shorter than this road.
Life is longer than I planned.
Everytime I destroy myself
I’m reincarnated by my
Seven faithful and forgiving Sisters.
They wait there for me,
they won’t turn their back on family;
when I’m tired of life
and tired of the city
they’ll give me sympathy
then reinvent me.
North London is my playground
and I know I’m always welcome
back, whoever I want to be.

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3 thoughts on “All Roads Lead To Seven Sisters

  1. “I will be reborn
    several times in my life
    I will be many different people
    and I will get a thousand chances
    to be better;
    I will even take some of them–
    if I’m being brave I will pick
    my chances like cherries
    and try to be better.”

    This inspired me. Thank you.

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