An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow (by Les Murray)

Original Text: 
Les Murray, Learning Human: Selected Poems (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000). This poem is reproduced on the Griffin Prize Web Site (from a volume on the 2001 International Shortlist).
1The word goes round Repins,
2the murmur goes round Lorenzinis,
3at Tattersalls, men look up from sheets of numbers,
4the Stock Exchange scribblers forget the chalk in their hands
5and men with bread in their pockets leave the Greek Club:
6There's a fellow crying in Martin Place. They can't stop him.
7The traffic in George Street is banked up for half a mile
8and drained of motion. The crowds are edgy with talk
9and more crowds come hurrying. Many run in the back streets
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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