Die, Viri, Fortes
by Sarra Culleno
on the Tube dim lit, we’re in giggling fits.
to Rocket on Holloway Road, or Bagley’s Double Dipped.
20/20, ten B&H, passing round the Vicks,
double dropping doves and too much water;
die, Viri Fortes, sons, daughters
bonded in chemical unity
a children’s community
we’ll see in the next day
it’s important for kids to free-play
strobes bombard the ocular
we watch ourselves get jocular
rebox adopt the ultraviolet glow
DJ drops bombastic energy tempo
base line rumbling reviving the soul
junglistic MC gets with the flow
whistle whistle blow blow
cherubim and seraphim, melodies echo
‘…now it’s time, time to let go…’
samples through the smoke machines of Toni Braxton
then to the sound of Bow Bells we hear East London
we go Ragga Ragga we go Jamaican
blended together in a combination
we Brap to the Junglistic-breakbeat-hardcore-hooligan
‘…get on the dance floor hooli hooli hooligan
mashing up the Massive with the hardcore sound…’
limb by limb we’re rushing,
we’re rushing like voodoo magic man
but we wanna beat the crushing so leave earlier than planned
someone’s boyfriend offers to be our taxi man
in a red Ford Fiesta five of us are crammed
he drops us off, as far as Richmond Upon Thames.
we jump between the boats.
we see the sun come up.
we break morning’s first bread,
on the Tube back to Endz.