The birds in commuter sunlight lift off glass
as the turbines whirl white on the hill.
On this tram all eyes and ears are stimulated
by scenes not visible in the window.
The good thing about getting up this early
is seeing the sunrise making a view into a picture
and turning the capitalist impulse into birds’ wings
that rise above the re-branded tram stops.
Most beautiful of all is the red brick
of the old cotton mills still standing
how that red is given a glow by the sun
how the toil is a deafened memory.
Some languid souls are lounging in sight
within flats now spinning with sunlight.
Neil Campbell is from Manchester. He has two collections of short stories, Broken Doll and Pictures From Hopper, published by Salt, and two poetry collections, Birds and Bugsworth Diary, published by The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, who have also published his short fiction chapbook, Ekphrasis. Recent stories have appeared in Unthology 6, The Stockholm Review of Literature and Best British Short Stories 2015. A collection of flash fiction, Fog Lane, is forthcoming from Gumbo Press, and his first novel, Sky Hooks, was published by Salt in 2016. His Twitter: @neilcambers.