March 30, 2009

Times Square After The Rain

The stars were floating
in the sidewalk,
alongside
gum wrappers
and cigarette butts.

Umbrellas were being shaken out
by strangers exchanging
looks of ordinary relief,
sending arcs of neon-colored droplets
flying outward like smiles.

The cars hummed along,
their tires rasping
on wet asphalt
like zippers
sliding down.

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