Tagged: train

after a

after a
packed train
pulls away
from a

crowded
subway platform,
those morning commuters
who are left behind to
wait for the
next

train
turn into
choristers, huddled
together
in
sections,

arranged
by time and
gumption, over best
sound, heads down,
conductor-
less, tuned
out

and into
the digital
music of their
lives, primed for
the next set of
train doors to
open right
in front of
them
.
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now and then, i am

now and then, i am
on the train, watching you read
a book i know is

so good because i’ve already
read it, filling me with envy
.
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hours before boarding

everything that is

everything that is
magical about a train
ride is not the train

ride – i stare out the window,
penn station to penn station,

new york city to
baltimore, the moving pictures
shimmer, cast long spells
.
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as soon as the doors slide

as soon as the doors slide
open on the Manhattan-
bound
L-train, we pick our
seated target, step
into the car,
making a beeline
to settle in front of our
fellow commuter
who looks most like
a Lorimer
or a Bedford –
if we get lucky,
it’s a smooth,
seated ride the rest
of the way, even if
we get a little stuck
in the tunnel
.
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when the system is

when the system is
working
for us, our minds
have long adjusted
as though
it has always been so,
so that with any
veering, we
grumble, squeal
along the curves,
allow logic to drag
.
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you can’t fight your way

you can’t fight your way
to the front of the train doors
and not budge once you’ve

stepped through – i guess everyone
has their own form of sanity
.
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it’s raining, you can’t

it’s raining, you can’t
take any chances, tucking
and retucking the

remains of two garbage bags,
one long train ride to nowhere
.
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hector does standup

hector does standup
where there is no solid ground
upon which to stand –

levity takes on the waves
across the seas, parting laughter
.
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the dull yellow

the dull yellow
of the platform edge
is a chemical reminder
to your body that
there is no glory
in jumping, however
your brain may
dance with the
notion, drunk or half-
asleep on your
daily commute.
spare all of us
further misery
.
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