White Lamborghini in a Disabled Parking Space David Tait
I don’t think it’s possible, but I’ll tell you what I saw. I saw the parking attendant pocket his pad, calmly tuck his pen behind his ear then slam a great red brick through its windscreen. I saw a crowd gather as he pulled a crowbar from the air and went to work on the wheels.
I know it sounds off the rails, but I was there. I saw the whole thing, the roaring traffic attendant building up a sweat, the gobsmacked crowd filming it on phones, the street-cleaners struggling to keep straight faces, the CCTV cameras swivelling from the proof of the scene.
I know it was all probably a dream but I saw the owner come back. I saw the traffic attendant walk away whistling, I saw the crowds disperse whilst humming a tune. I walked past a busker who’d given it words and sang it through a shower of coins. I can’t remember how the tune went, but he’d called it The Cost of Living.
David Tait’s first collection Self-Portrait with The Happiness (2014) was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and The Polari First Book Award. Poems have appeared in Ambit, Magma, Poetry Review and The Rialto. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2014 and was recently a Clarissa Luard Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust. He lives in Nanjing, China and has a second collection, The AQI, forthcoming in 2018.