The seller of socks
on Sulaiman Basha Street pavement
takes such care of that black one
she puts it in the shade
away from the sun’s heat
and tugs on an extra length of line
It will betray her tomorrow
when a stranger’s foot fills it.
About this poem
This poem, representing Egypt, is part of The Written World – our collaboration with BBC radio to broadcast a poem from every single nation competing in London 2012.