Gum WallShannon McConnell
The Fieldstone Review -- fieldstonereview.usask.ca
Issue Number 9, July 2016
The sound of applause trickles down from the market
signaling another fish has unnaturally sailed into waiting hands.
Instead of piss, a ritual saturates the alley below,
a polyphonic chorus of mashing jaws.
A peculiar fusion of fruit and mint
scatters helplessly in the air.
Previously a wall of deep scarlet brick and mortar,
now a fifty-foot stretch of rainbow spectacle,
constructed one pressed thumb at a time
by post-masticated rubber.
Tourists congregate in droves
to pull globs from their mouths,
and stick a warm addition
to scarce vacant spots
on the discoloured bricks.
To unfocused eyes the alley becomes
a canvas for a modern world map,
each piece a hardened pin, a statement of existence,
connecting continents over an ocean of saliva,
forever bonding lives in impressions of thumbs.
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