The Monday subway station’s

On the platform, reading - 96724309_985b8acd3f_z

The Monday subway station’s
full of faces
fair as flowers

– See!

Then the rush, the push,
the train’s electric flexing
the shut doors’ hush

the deliberate departure

and upon the vacant station
silence settles:

the bough stripped of its petals


This is, of course, in part a misprision of Ezra Pound’s justly esteemed (and it has its own Wikipedia page!) 1913 masterpiece:

In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these face in the crowd:
Petals on a wet, black bough.


Image: On the platform, reading by Mo Riza, published under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license.

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