Reid Avenue Pavements

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By the unfenced, unbounded
Evenly paved walkways of
A Reid Avenue, Colombo 07, now paved,
Bounces the evening joggers
As on cement benches under ancient trees
Voyeurs enjoy the i-pod clinging women who
— Fully self-conscious of watching eyes of guys —
Melt away that gaze in the velvet music
And dribble their boobs as they bounce; run.

In the imposed solitary i-pod world
And under the trees, relaxed, stretched back,
Two classes — two groups — of
Walkway consumers engage in harmony,
Their masturbatory dreams — though worlds apart —
Closer than ever in strangers’ hearts,
In this fast developing Gota’s Unreal City reality:
A win-win situation is a bargain too good.

Malls out of dilapidated structures of yore
With cutting edge beams wrought out of military masonry.
Leisure strips of jogging ground thronged by
Fat-walkers in a Pettah of another world,
Slowing down to make room, or impatiently budging by,
As the dusk sets down on a dustless frame
Blurring personality. Murky colours on slime.




4 thoughts on “Reid Avenue Pavements

    Ishan R said:
    April 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    “Gota’s Unreal City reality” That’s too much hatred! I dont like what he does in general, but the city what he does with the city is good.

      Admin responded:
      April 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      What he does with the city is part of what he’s doing overall. I have a major problem with (1) the taking over of the Ministry of Urban Development under the Security and in (2) military people filling employment spots that should go to the thousands of regular employees in the country.

      Don’t just look at the superficial side of what’s being done. “Development” has to be qualitative too! 😉

        Rathindra Kuruwita said:
        April 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        I am no longer sure the military doing so called civilian jobs is such a bad thing, but making a city ‘nice’ doesn’t mean making it sustainable

    Admin responded:
    April 13, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Degree programmes (including military school) leaves us a bit tipsy Kuruwita. I beg to differ though. The employment of military labour (an unquestioning labour) cannot be accepted in public works, at the expense of civilian labour. This is just an over-arching of the militarization we see elsewhere.

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