Suddenly a raised dagger gleamed in the upflung
hand of the black.
First, Mitchell minutely but tellingly adjusts the angle of the upflung
arms--"Tight, tight," he says.
The moon's gone: but his Sight after a few moments adjusts To the underbrush's intricacies Of shade, the high overcast's Smooth smudged charcoal, the upflung
Foliate antennae edging more sharply Their arched life form, as he treads along Its track to the cliff-top, to descry The northern ness's distant chalk-face Now an almost livid non-pallor, And West the sleek panther-black sea's Slow pulse.
Beneath the glossy superstructure and the aggressive architecture, characterised by ugly concrete ramps and upflung
concrete arms, lies a suppurating infrastructure, a school and welfare system in crisis.