3-Train Poem #2

10 minutes later

and Penn Station is, altogether, a different place.

Swishing efficient commuters who swam in silvery schools

Now plod

And list

And stare

in white windbreakers and baseball caps.

Slender briefcases become engorged, drag and flop behind

The bewildered owners of this new world.

 

You must be on the ball to pass through

This wreck of a dance hall, unharmed.

 

Later, safe in your seat,

the Meadowlands sway and reek,

look up to that cross-hatched sky.

Below, tiny shipwrecks and cormorants,

a lone, litter-white egret in her power line lagoon

stretches her neck to consider a tire.

Is this where we have been trying—killing ourselves—to go?

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