The Upstairs Food Court (Andrew Galan)

Verity La Heightened Talk

Rubber tyre rolls
bain-marie aisles
grips heavy toddler
centrifugally snug
three kids run beside
reaching pushing
scream delight
across fluorescent tiles
tread bounces
down metal staircase
arm waves round’n’round
momentum carries
curry fur bear
a half loop
to ground
lady upstairs cries
drops at silver screen
where tall figures
wade ocean
with giant yellow sucking straws
one turns to audience
wide mouth whispers
“There’s something here.”