Lemn Sissay’s ‘Flags’, Tib Street

Lemn Sissay’s poem ‘Flags’ is written into the pavement in Tib Street, Manchester M41. It extends from Market Street towards Swan Street, embedded on the right-hand side of the street.

 

Sissay_first_flagThe poem begins:

THESE PAVEMENT CRACKS

ARE THE PLACES WHERE

POETS PACK THEIR

WARRIOR WORDS

Pictures and text of the whole poem are available online at Lemn Sissay’s ‘Flags’, Tib Street, Manchester. The extract here can be seen just as you turn left into Tib Street from Thomas Street:

 

Sissay1PERHAPS THESE PAVEMENT

CRACKS ARE THE PLACES

AWHERE FLATTENED FLAGS

LIES SOLIDIFIED WAVES

 

 

LemnSissay2

THE TELLING LINES

WITHIN A SEA OF FACES

WHERE SUFFERERS

TAKE COVER

OF STREET CAVES

 

 

LemnSissay3

WHERE WANDER THE

WAYWARD AND LOST

WHERE THE RUNAWAY

CAN CHART HIS

JOURNEY BACK HOME

 

 

LemnSissay4

WHERE THE WATER RUNS

AS THE WORLD DEFROSTS

THE STREET BREATHES

BENEATH THIS STONE

 

 

 

Sissay_signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

…….

 

 

PERHAPS THESE PAVEMENT

CRACKS ARE THE PLACES

AWHERE FLATTENED FLAGS

LIES SOLIDIFIED WAVES

 

THE TELLING LINES

WITHIN A SEA OF FACES

WHERE SUFFERERS

TAKE COVER

OF STREET CAVES

 

WHERE WANDER THE

WAYWARD AND LOST

WHERE THE RUNAWAY

CAN CHART HIS

JOURNEY BACK HOME

 

WHERE THE WATER RUNS

AS THE WORLD DEFROSTS

THE STREET BREATHES

BENEATH THIS STONE