TRAIN PHOTOGRAPH

June 21, 2018

She poses as if married to the city itself,
the clutch and scrape of gears
the calls of a lover waiting, 
opening wine, beginning a novel.
The captions tumble down Third Avenue
past Franklin and Marsden—
only a slight wind on the bridge tonight
and only her body in black, alive.
If one looks closely, a boy in the corner
neglects himself so that he can be
remembered—a counterpoint,
a skirt of mist that knows the tracks 
instead of her and will slide into a bar
alone. The door clicks; her lover fixed
upon the ironwork and ghosts 
that mark this place looks up,
no longer weary of Proust or Kerouac
or the making of a world from nothing.

 

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