Untitled (Philadelphia)

Habits take on different schedules
like trains and our arrival
some needing just two days
others still a lifetime
to form or break

Upon my second visit to the platform in Philadelphia
a ritual has already been established
and as a young girl from the projects
talks to me and lights her cigarette
and as I think of how I’ll never see her again

of how our lives have this on time met
I consider our differences
in opportunity and outlook, hope
joined here only by the secret whistling of our lungs
set firred in these separate chests

but apparent to our lovers
wherever they may be.

 
[1998]

 

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