F Train Ruminations

Viral illumination in hands
of a southbound citizen beside

a sky-blue, soft, paperback copy,
having opened onto early pages

an English translation. The Inferno
yesterday. Figure-shapes, occupations

obscured. Figure-shunning faces opening
the focus of energy I won’t

comprehend, in original Italian form,
the source-term “Getto”

delivered here, visually:
dark dots, white dots

insert in my evening’s paper,
tactile consistency:

tomorrow’s blue–ochre dregs;

gratified; hoisted; trafficking
this painting’s apprentice-

ship, limply prophesied through

unreality—prone to a dis-
figured, shadow effect.