The hotel reflected the decayed splendour of the street,
that its building was no longer decaying but restored
to its original splendour with all the further additions
expected by 21st century tourists.
The jury was still out, amongst the staff at least,
whether Russian or Chinese money
was responsible for the transformation.
It had to boost the local economy though,
And through the window local life went on.
We could view it all and imagine ourselves part of it
at our safe distance from the scruffy street.
And the money we were spending
on our drinks and trips and souvenirs,
it must be good for the local economy
the boy down there already has a cool haircut
which couldn’t have come cheap
so he must have a good job,
although he doesn’t look old enough to work.
Probably older than he looks though
and with a bright future.
The waiter said he was a rent boy.
The reception staff agreed.
Children were in demand
in this booming economy
just waiting for business
just waiting for tourists.