This Street

This Street

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On this Street in the Eastern cold
We sat and watched the world grow old
Battle wounds from stories untold
Left their scars on this battered world

The Ghetto walls silently hide
Right in front of the workers' eyes
By the bus that goes to the shopping sites
And the Soviet bars serving steak tonight

As if nothing happened on this busy Street
Where the tourists and the students meet
After leaving Stalin's towering treat
To find some good Chinese to eat

The socialist skyscraper serves a shadow
Over McDonald's, Nike and Caffè Nero
Markets are more free, more shallow
Travellers and homeless beg and borrow

Can we both poor and free tonight
Awaiting the glowing sobering sunlight
Long knives stay stowed for this flight
Now this Street knows its wrong from right.

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