Anthony Anaxagorou - poet & writer 
Photo credit: Nana Misa

Anthony Anaxagorou - poet & writer
Photo credit: Nana Misa

What you need to do.

What you need to do.

Off By Heart

There were nights when she would stand at the window 
looking out onto the city.

Months passed until one evening 
he asked her to recall
the colour of each building
the different shades of sky
the makes of cars that lined the street below
to do it all off by heart

she replied quietly that she couldn’t

incredulously he asked why
when each night she would spend hours gazing 
unflinchingly out into the vastness, 
that she must have learnt the city’s vistas by now, 
that even a child with poor sight 
would have noticed at least one extraordinary thing

turning away from the window she expressed
in her usual way
that it was never the city she was fascinated with
but rather those long silent roads 
and the distant lights 
of her own midnight heart.

Anthony Anaxagorou