5 Ways to Breathe in the CBD

4 May 2016
  1. Listen to the shoes of office-workers counting along the pavement, and your
    own shoes adding in their numbers. Write it all down as music, the black notes
    clicking and tapping.
  2. High above the multi-storey carparks the sun jellyfishes past. So slow. So
    slow. The numbers drift upwards into a belljar of silence.
  3. Feel the hands of buildings stroking your face, the electricity that lives in your
    hair, furs the inside of your ears. See how everything is cloaked in sequins of
    light and when it rains, hear the rain’s thin tinsel.
  4. Even in the bitumened streets the dead are busy beneath traffic. Their teeth
    chatter in the soil, adding and subtracting.
  5. Count the trees growing out of holes, roots cracking through tarmac as if the
    dead are reaching for your shoes. Touch the cloth of their bark as they pass
    you. Try to remember the music.
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