IMPENSABILE

Featuring poet Joan McNerney

Her

Did you see that woman falling

from the escalator at Grand Central

Terminal? Lying in dark circles of

blood? Begging the police not to

tell anyone? She would be alright

when she got up.

What about her?

Did you see that woman screaming

in front of the newsstand? Hear

those screams of hatred spewing

from her face? Notice her eyes….

burning slits of light? Maybe

she can’t be tranquilized anymore?

What about her?

Did you see that woman walking

across the street? Wearing those

special shoes? All the toes

on her right foot cut off? Isn’t

it awful? Watch her getting on

the bus, all that pain on her face.

How much longer can she keep going?

What about her?

Did you see that woman? Ashen

and still as a corpse. Lying

by the side of the Palisades

Highway? Her hair so grey,

her legs so straight. Lying

in the short grass. She was

always running off schedule

Always trying to be on time.

What about her?

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