haikus inspired by a photograph

troll-sint-jakobskirk

sunlit Sint Jacob

inside a tavern of trolls

stood out in the square

 

bright morning street scene

invaded by disorder

of nightly pleasures

 

in one dark corner

of a city’s open space

grins a diseased mouth

 

teeth like loose cobbles

beneath spirit-clouded eyes

can only look down

 

deep Trollekelder

interior hidden by

insubstantial light

 

ghosts in camera

appear more solid than coins

for a round of beers

 

a fat drunk old man

dancing in fairground mirrors

from his slim childhood

 

what a big red nose

like priestly communion wine

leaking from a glass

 

sad window cleaner

excommunicated soul

of removed stained panes

 

white van undriven

disinterested tourists

can’t edit it out

 

a new photograph

frees an ageing shop dummy

into memory

 

reflections captured

by Miss Julia Potter

Gent 2016

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