One of the most beautiful sights of the summer
The author, Luke Grey, is a writer. He lives in London.
Voice note from a lover
“One of the ways in which I love looking at clouds
Is to see them bisected by wires.
One of the most beautiful sights of the summer,
This late in the day, is when clouds take on
Their deeper tones.
Sometimes more intense, even, than the brightly lit sky.
When sat, or stood, or (as now) walking on a platform
And looking up at the wires, the suspended wires:
Gliding towards each other,
Crossing, ending, held aloft, hitting a pole,
Marked out by the thinner wires that hold the thicker ones apart
And yet together.
That web of energy, stretching far across the city,
Only a few metres above me and the rail tracks,
That web measures itself out between me and the sky,
And sometimes, sometimes, at the most exciting moments,
When the city is nearly silent,
And you stand on the platform and look up at the wires.
You can hear them fizzing.
Fizzing in a sky full of high, lunging, soft and smooth clouds
That sashay upwards and northwards.
Pink on their undersides, lit by the setting sun.
A dark lavender on their edges, and then above them
A pale, duck-egg blue.”
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