written by Donna Franceschild, from the novel by Robert McLiam Wilson
Jake (Vincent Regan) (voiceover): It is only as the dawn begins to break, if you stand up high, you can see the city as one thing, as a single phenomenon. Ringed by it's circles of Black Mountain, cliff and plateau. The sea and dark bay lapping right up to the foot of the metropolis. Belfast is Rome with more hills, Atlantis raised from the sea. From everywhere you look the streets glitter like jewels, like small streams of stars.
But in the buildings and streets a dark hundred, thousand, million, ten million stories, as vivid and complex as your own, reside. I think of my city's conglomerate of bodies, of spines, kidneys, hearts, livers and lungs.
Only a jumble of streets. Only a few big bumps in the ground.
Only a whisper of God.
But sometimes they glitter, my people here.
Sometimes they shine.
Kudos and much thanks go to Amanda for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.
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