North to L-4

Above ground


Nights and neighborhoods

Flash by

And we’re surrounded

Covered in rain

The city has gulped us

Deep down

Into its grimy belly

But your eyes

Still shine

Like little blue buttons

Push push push

People shove and shuffle by

And I consider

Where those canvas shoes

May carry you

Pleasantries squeeze out

Of my bashful mouth

Like rushed mothers

Through sliding doors

Wondering where to go next

Your smile wanders around your face


Scurrying through words

We teeter a moment

In a common place

My stomach lurches

Everything stops

Rushing out into the world

I leave your name behind

With handbags

And ticket stubs

I turn

You go

We remain in transit.

© Beth Hopkins 17 August 2009


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