January 14, 2021

Stone Lions

train rumbles into spaghetti station 8:20 five minutes late
snow flying cessnas wind biting

people rumble among the crush up the stairs

scattering like pellets from a shotgun shell into the streets

man with a job interview 

rehearsing his qualifications in his head

straightening his tie for the 15th time

somebody else with a trip to the art museum - see the stone lions

picasso, seurat, van gogh

every once in a while

favorite restaurant barbecue ribs, french fries, cole slaw

most of the time a greasy hot dog and a sour stomach

see the mayor strolling by

reflections off the glass icicles falling in wintertime

giant knives falling from the sky

can be deadly if you get bopped on the head

rhythm of the city in quick time quick step

day passes - play hide and seek with the shadows

afternoon paper hits the stands

downtown station, flower shop

dirty floors, dirty windows, dirty people sitting on cracked concrete

channeling their inner charlie parker 

playing a saxophone - case open for donations appreciated

silver train leaves from downtown to suburbs chuga chuga

some stay behind to linger in the darkness and neon

little blues clubs full of people with the blues in them

late night diners full of diners

cheap sandwiches, coffee, cigarettes

better than going home



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